Last night at the Syd­ney Opera House I wit­nessed a truly unique event. 1.5 hour dis­cus­sion with Wik­ileaks’ Ju­lian As­sange, The Guardian’s Glenn Green­wald, indy re­porter and key doc­u­menter of the Chelsea Man­ning trial Alexa O’Brien (with whom I did an event tonight on Man­ning and dis­sent), Man­ning lawyer David Coombs, aca­d­e­mic Robert Manne and mod­er­a­tor Crikey’s Bernard Keane.

They dis­cussed mass sur­veil­lance, Ed­ward Snow­den and why dis­sent is so vital in an age of ever-grow­ing gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate in­tru­sion:

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