Science & Tech 11 April 2011 The whistleblower debate: Mehdi Hasan on Assange Me and Julian Assange v Douglas Murray and Bob Ayers. Print HTML "This house believes that whistleblowers make the world a safer place." That was the motion on Saturday at the New Statesman/Frontline Club debate at Kensington Town Hall, with WikiLeaks's Julian Assange (watch his video here), al-Jazeera's Clayton Swisher, the neocon Douglas Murray (watch his video here), the former spook Bob Ayers, the ex-diplomat David Richmond and yours truly. Unsurprisingly, my side, the proposition side, the side of truth and righteousness, the side of Daniel Ellsberg and Mordechai Vanunu, triumphed (you can read a summary of the debate here and here). Here (below) is a video of my short speech: › Osborne aims to scrap the 50p rate by 2013 Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe More Related articles Why are online jokes funnier without punctuation and capital letters? The rise of the racist robots Why did Julian Assange lose his internet connection?