Assange warns SXSW of surveillance state where every person on Earth is digitally monitored
By Daily Mail Reporter
During a virtual appearance at SXSW, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warned of rapidly approaching future in which every single person on Earth will be able to be digitally monitored at all times.
Assange, who spoke via Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, believed that such a world was feasible before the decade ended.
'The ability to surveil everyone on the planet is almost there and, arguably, will be there in the next couple of years,' he told the audience.
Doomsayer: Julian Assange warned the SXSW audience that governments would be able to keep everyone under constant surveillance within the next few years
Assange, a controversial figure who rose to prominence when WikiLeaks started publishing confidential government documents online in 2010, was granted asylum by Ecuador in June 2012 after allegations were made that he raped one woman and sexually molested another.
Assange has maintained the charges are false and politically motivated.
Were he ever to be transferred to the U.S., Assange said he fears a death penalty for WikiLeaks work.
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