The whistleblower debate: Mehdi Hasan on Assange

Me and Julian Assange v Douglas Murray and Bob Ayers.

"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:

 

 

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.

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The NS Podcast #169: Traingate, gaffes and Ghostbusters

The New Statesman podcast.

This week, Helen and Stephen tackle Traingate and Lunaticgate. George Eaton comes down-the-line from the valleys with the latest on the Owen Smith campaign. Anna Leszkiewicz joins to discuss feminism in the new Ghostbusters film. And you-ask-us: what is the role of the John McDonell in the Corbyn ménage? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz) 

Links:

Traingate (01.24)
Stephen on Jennifer's Ear

Lunaticgate (05.20)
David Wearing on Smith's slurs and empty promises.

Owen Smith (11.36)
George's interview for this week's magazine

Ghosbusters (18.44)
Ryan Gilbey reviews the film
Listen to the SRSLY take 
Anna on the dark side of the Romcom

John McDonnell (31.17)
Read him in his own words
And watch him in action

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