The WikiLeaks leader thinks the surveillance powers of the NSA will continue growing
Julian Assange believes that in the near future, the world’s governments will control every aspect of human life, taking a page from Orwell’s “1984.”According to the WikiLeaks chief, things are going to turn creepy with government officials taking DNA samples at birth and encoding it into the citizens’ IDs.
“We will see a situation that Sweden has had for more than a decade... which is everyone has a number, everyone's DNA is taken at birth, their DNA is encoded onto their identity documents or connected to it, to their tax records, to their credit report,” Assange said during a New York conference.
Assange is currently living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, trying to avoid being arrested by the police and turned over to the Swedish authorities where he is being under investigation for sexual assault.
Following the NSA scandal, Assange has said on several occasions that we are moving into a totalitarian world, where intelligence agencies, such as the NSA and the GCHQ, have the ability to spy on everybody, especially since their capabilities double every 18 months.
Assange says that the ability to snoop on everyone in the world is almost here, but we might still have a few years until this happens. This will, of course, translate into a huge transfer of power from the people who are surveyed to those who control the surveillance complex.
During the past year, it has become obvious that the surveillance powers held by the NSA alone are huge and that the agency can virtually snoop in on anyone it wants without repercussions. After all, the agency has actually spied on world leaders and the US got off with a slap on the wrist and investigations that are too weak to go anywhere because lawmakers are afraid to damage the diplomatic relationship between nations.
Considering that the United States is actually working alongside intelligence agencies from other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, chances are that the number of people that are being spied on is even greater.
WikiLeaks has been responsible for a great number of scandals within the United States after leaking diplomatic wires belonging to the country’s officials which had been shared by Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) from Iraq.
Manning is currently serving time in prison after being accused under the Espionage Act. Assange believes that the British authorities won’t actually send him off to Sweden, as they claim, but rather to the United States, which is how he justifies remaining behind doors within the Ecuadorean embassy.