Julian Assange will appear via video link in Germany on the same day as a cancelled talk at the Cambridge Union.
The Wikileaks founder was due to talk from his sanctuary in the
Ecuadorean Embassy to members of the Cambridge Union Society in a
question and answer session on Tuesday, November 27.
But the appearance at the historic debating society was cancelled because of “technical issues”.
The News learnt that Mr Assange will appear in Germany via the web on the same day and contacted the society.
A statement on its website was then posted which said: “It has
recently been announced that Mr Assange will be delivering the keynote
address via video link to the ConventionCamp conference in Hamburg,
Germany, on November 27.
“This announcement comes only one day after his spokesperson claimed
that his Q&A at the Cambridge Union Society must be cancelled
because his preferred broadcaster, Russia Today, was unable to arrange
the technical aspects of the video link.”
Austin Mahler, the society’s president, told the News he learned of
the technical problems from Mr Assange’s representatives who said the
broadcaster due to create the video-link had pulled out.
He said: “I am surprised to hear about this. We suggested various
ways to do it. Our connection was going to be made via a broadcast
company who would set up a broadcast van at the union and at the
Ecuadorian Embassy but we were told by Mr Assange’s people the company
had pulled out. I tried to do a Skype connection with the embassy but it
cut out after 30 seconds and was very grainy.
“I suggested other ways to do it but his people said they wanted a
clear connection and seemed comfortable in cancelling the whole thing.”
Mr Assange has been billed as the keynote-speaker at Convention Camp,
which is one of the largest internet conferences in Germany.
He will give a speech on the digital revolution via a live web stream followed by an exclusive interview.
Mr Assange’s ‘visit’ to the debating club had been opposed by the
Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) Women's Campaign because he
faces allegations of sexual offences.