The WikiLeaks founder added: “To keep a person ignorant is to place them in a cage. The powerful – if they want to keep their power – will try to know as much about us as they can, and they will try to make sure that we know as little about them as is possible.”
Assange was one of several alternative, left-leaning voices chosen Harvey. Her program also featured contributions from campaigning journalist John Pilger, an interview on torture with the Guardian’s Ian Cobain; and a poem by a Guantanamo Bay inmate.
Ian Austin, the Labour MP for Dudley, described the program as the “worst ever.” He tweeted: “In 30 years of listening, I already thought today’s @BBCr4today was worst ever. I cldn’t imagine it cld get worse. Then they put Assange on.”
The singer said she was assured by the BBC that the guests she had chosen would not be edited. Harvey is one of a number of guest editors who are commissioned by the program each year over the festive period. Others in the past few days have included Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, and Lady Manningham-Buller, the former director general of MI5.
Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy while he faced extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations and he was given asylum in August 2012. In 2010, WikiLeaks shared with the Guardian and other international news organizations access to the huge trove of US state secrets leaked by the American soldier Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley.
btw a ... parishinor? er'.. priest found dead in cali in the rectory. .. just read. yikes! 'abnormal circumstances'