Assange joins Splendour line-up

CONTROVERSIAL online publisher and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will appear at Splendour in the Grass next week.

Assange, who is currently under house arrest as he appeals an extradition order in the UK, will record a message to be played at the Splendour Forum on Friday, July 29 at midday.

Festival organisers said the message will follow a discussion panel “that lifts the lid on the powers struggling for control of the internet”.

Assange’s mother Christine will headline the panel of experts including his Australian lawyer Grace Morgan, his long-time colleague and co-author Dr Suelette Dreyfus, leading IT security analyst and podcaster Patrick Gray and ABCTV'S Hungry Beast presenters Marc Fennell and Nick Hayden.

“Splendour Forum is bringing together some of the people in Australia who are closest to Julian and who are aware of what's going on behind the scenes," Mrs Assange said.

"This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from these people the stories the mainstream media has suppressed and the things they don't want you to know.''

The panel discussion, to be moderated by The Chaser's Julian Morrow, is called “Big Brother v Little Brother: From Government and Big Business to WikiLeaks and Anonymous, Who Really Controls Our Online Secrets?"

The Splendour Forum, started at last year’s 10th anniversary festival, runs 10am to 4pm July 29-31.

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