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THIS JUST IN: Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange to Speak at SXSW 2014

THIS JUST IN 2He is America’s second favorite soubrette of treason, because that’s admirable to hipsters.

To wit, Julian Assange is being rewarded with even more fame and notoriety for spilling America’s secrets on the Web — he is now a keynote presenter at one of the nation’s greatest gaggles of creatives, South by Southwest (SXSW).

If you want to hear how Edward Snowden got away with his royalty-free sedition, get your tickets fast because this dance card will fill up—and SXSW will collect the cash.

My question is…why?

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Wikileaks to Release Album. The Musical Kind.

Wikileaks, the organization that released a cache of confidential American diplomatic cables in 2010, causing an international scandal and sparking debates about everything from freedom of speech and transparency of government to national security and treason, is about to release something else into the public sphere – an album. The kind with music on it. Yes, really.

According to Time, the album, which will be released August 5 in an effort to raise funds for the financially blockaded organization, will be titled Beat the Blockade, and will feature 12 tracks, including “The Ballad of Julian Assange,” “B Manning,” and “Where There Are No Secrets.” The album will cost $5.

Although there is a ballad bearing his name, it is not yet known whether founder Julian Assange, who is currently seeking political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, will be featured on any of the tracks.

While this will be the organization’s debut into the music world, they do already have their own online TV show called The World Tomorrow, and a social network, Friends of Wikileaks.

Cargill, T.J. Maxx, Julian Assange All Have New PR Firms

A few interesting new accounts to report this morning.

About a month ago, Cargill began its search for a firm to work on CSR and food security issues. At the time, corporate VP Mike Fernandez told The Holmes Report that a “handful” of firms had been invited to participate in the search. He also said it would be “very hard” to find a firm with the necessary global scope.

The company has chosen Weber Shandwick for the work after a competitive search. According to Holmes, Edelman and Ketchum had also been in the running.

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Video: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we give a lesson on human reproduction, talk about the U.S. Open, sit down with Julian Assange, and, oh yeah, cover that Irene thing everyone’s been talking about.

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WikiLeaks Has a New Promo Video

What Does it Cost to Change the World? from WikiLeaks on Vimeo.

WikiLeaks has a new video that outlines the costs of keeping up its work, uses some powerful imagery to bring a message of change, and features an appearance by its founder Julian Assange. Assange has been under house arrest in the U.K. since December.

After describing the millions in costs and the donations the group has lost, the clip directs viewers to a site where they can support its cause. The clip also does a good job of using Mastercard’s own “priceless” marketing gimmick against it. [via Mashable]

WikiLeaks’ Former Spokesperson Publishing Memoir

GalleyCat is reporting that WikiLeaks’ former spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg will be publishing a book next year, Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website. The book is set to hit shelves on February 15.

According to the GalleyCat post:

“In his book, he will reveal the evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistleblower organization, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007 at the Chaos Computer Club in Berlin. He will also describe the circumstances that lead to his withdrawal from Wikileaks in September, 2010, including his disenchantment with the organization’s lack of transparency, its abandonment of political neutrality, and the increasing concentration of power by Assange.

It was also announced that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has signed a $1.5 million book deal.

WikiLeaks’ Assange Speaks to the Media

After nine days in jail, the media may not have been the first thing on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange‘s mind. Still, a PRWeek UK story says his appearance to journalists on the courthouse steps was “well-handled.”

“If justice is not always the outcome at least it is not dead yet,” he is reported to have said in reference to the British justice system.

Comments from PR experts cited in the story included calling his media appearance “textbook PR manipulation” and suggesting his modesty and understated words were necessary to help him “sustain support.”

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Mark Zuckerberg is Time’s Person of the Year

Mark Zuckerberg‘s image just keeps getting better and better.  (His eyes in this cover image are intense.)

Over the past couple of weeks alone, Zuckerberg has added to his philanthropic endeavors by joining the Giving Pledge. Then he had a monster 20-minute interview with 60 Minutes to announce a Facebook redesign and demonstrate his new media savoir-faire. Now, the Facebook CEO is Time‘s Person of the Year. Congrats to him!

Facebook has been a big deal for a few years now, so it’s kind of strange that he was chosen this year. But in any case, Zuckerberg’s interview with the magazine has some interesting points that PR pros might want to take note of.

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Assange Case Won’t Deter WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a British court today where it was decided that he would remain custody until his next court date on December 14. He was arrested after submitting to authorities and says he will resist extradition to Sweden where he “faces questioning in connection with alleged sex offenses,” reports the New York Times. The story also says that this promises to be a long legal process.

Wikileaks tweeted the message above earlier today.

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Banks Should Prepare for Possible WikiLeaks Disclosure

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During an interview with Forbes, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said there will be a disclosure of internal documents from a “major American bank” in early 2011 that will “lay bare the finance firm’s secrets on the Web for every customer, every competitor, every regulator to examine and pass judgment on.” Assange doesn’t go into further detail, but says the data will reveal an “ecosystem of corruption” and “unethical behavior.”

The words have struck fear in the hearts of Bank of America investors; its stock dropped yesterday on fears that it’s that bank. “We are unaware of any new claims by WikiLeaks that pertain specifically to Bank of America,” a spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.

Still, it would be in BofA’s best interests, and the interests of all banks, to be prepared for what might come.

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