While Julian Assange was living under house arrest at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, England back in June of 2011 awaiting word on his possible extradition to Sweden on rape charges, he received an unexpected guest, Eric Scmidt, the Chairman and co-founder of Google.
Accompanying Schmidt was an entourage consisting of Jared Cohen, the former Secretary of State advisor to Hillary Clinton, Scott Malcomson, Director of Speechwriting for Ambassador Susan Rice at the US State Department and current Communications Director of the International Crisis Group, and Lisa Shields, the Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Schmidt’s purpose for the visit was to interview Assange for his forthcoming book entitled “The New Digital Age,” which is set to be released on April 23 this year. The embattled leader of the guerrilla publishing organization and the chairman of one of the world’s biggest tech companies “locked horns” in what is described by the publisher as “an historic dialogue between the North and South poles of the Internet.”
Ironically, Julian Assange will recount the now almost 3-year-old conversation in his own book, which is slated for release in September of this year under the title of “When Google Met WikiLeaks.” The book will detail the encounter with Schmidt as well as present Assange’s own vision for the “future of the Internet,” according to the publisher.
Lest we forget, a funding ban for Wikileaks has been in effect since 2011, which forced WikiLeaks to suspend a majority of its publishing operations after