MSNBC: I want to give you a chance to respond … to your critics … to Mitch McConnell, the leader of the republicans in the senate, and to Joe Biden, who both called you a high tech terrorist. How do you respond to … the vice president saying that to you?
Julian Assange: Well, let’s look at the definition of terrorism: “a group that uses violence, or the threat of violence for political ends”. Now, no one in our four year publishing covering 120 countries has ever been physically harmed as a result of what we have done. That’s not us saying that, it’s the Pentagon and NATO in Kabul saying that; no one, not a shred of evidence.
Now believe me, if they could find or even easily manufacture a shred of evidence, they would be doing that immediately. So it’s clear that whoever the terrorists are, it’s not us. BUT we see constant threats from republicans in the Senate trying to make a name for themselves like Sarah Palin … and unfortunately also some members of the democratic party calling for my assassination; calling for the illegal kidnapping of my staff – just a few days ago, in Fox that was the phrase that was used : he should be illegally murdered if necessary. Assassinated by the law if possible, if not: illegally.
What sort of message does that send about the rule of law in the United States? That is conducting violence in order to archive a political end, the elimination of this organisation. Or the threat of violence to archive a political end, the elimination of a publisher. And that is the definition of terrorism.