The Fifth Estate – Quotes
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
For better or worse, [Wikileaks] exposed some of the world’s biggest secrets.
The report we leaked shifted voting 10% in the recent election.
Julian Assange: If we can find one moral man, one whistle blower, someone willing to expose secrets, that man could topple an entire organization.
Julian Assange: What if we could eliminate the fear [of retribution] for whistleblowers?
Julian Assange: Even I don’t know the identity of our whistleblowers. Our whistleblowers have nothing to fear.
Daniel: If no identity, is there any accountability?
Julian Assange: As Oscar Wilde once said, give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth.
Daniel: A shame turnout wasn’t better.
Julian Assange: One convert at a time.
Julian Assange, after describing a horrible, traumatic childhood: Why do you think my hair is white?
Julian Assange: Remember, courage is contagious.
Daniel: They’re threatening to shut our website down.
Julian Assange: I thought Americans put free speech up there with mom and apple pie.
Julian Assange: Having fun making history instead of reading about it?
Julian Assange: To be honest, the court of the public has already voted in our favor.
Julian Assange: Every startup exaggerates its size.
Julian Assange: People are loyal until it seems opportune not to be.
Julian Assange: The tyrants we’re up against have guns and weapons and money, and all I’ve got is a little website…and you. Do I have you?
Julian Assange: The only way you can control people is to lie to them.
Julian Assange to the Guardian journalist: I just want you to do your job properly. If you don’t, somebody else will.
Journalist: Anyone can gather documents and throw them up on the web. People are looking for something more discerning.
Julian Assange: That’s the problem with giving money away for free, there’s no money in it.
You hacked the US defense department?
Julian Assange: People with that much expertise tend to have a mind of their own.
Julian Assange: Editing reflects bias. People trust us because we don’t edit.
Anke to Daniel: Why do you try so hard to be him? You will never be him.
Daniel: Are you wearing my jacket?
Julian Assange: I’m about to write a press release on death squads. I wanted to wear something to match the gravity of the occasion.
Julian Assange: If we’d publicized the report better, then they would’ve been heroes. The publicity would have been too great to murder them.
Daniel: We have had more scoops in three years than the Washington post has had in thirty.
I grew up in Berlin. If we wrote a letter about a broken sewer pipe, we’d have been interrogated. If someone like you had been around, the wall would have come down sooner.
Guardian Exec: We all want information to be free. But investigative journalism can be tricky and when things get squeezed it’s the first thing to go.
US Government: Tell them the truth: soldiers were following protocol. This is computer geeks looking at the war through a pinhole.
Julian Assange: It’s just, everyone focuses on how weird I am. You know, slaughter and mass murder and my dirty socks would have gotten equal press.
Daniel: This is reckless. We’re putting people’s lives at risk. I thought the point of [this] was to protect.
Julian Assange: Wikileaks doesn’t edit.
Julian Assange: You want to throw it away because some low-level US informant might come to harm?
Daniel: I don’t remember you hiring me. I don’t remember a salary… There is no organization. There is no organization—there’s just you and your ego and the lives you spend to get whatever…you want.
Sarah Shaw: He’s bigger than the Times. He can do whatever he wants.
Sarah Shaw: This leak puts our lives and our allies’ lives at risk.
Julian Assange: Are you still focused on yesterday’s news?
Guardian Exec.: He’s not the source, he’s the head of a huge media empire with no accountability, and we put him there.
He can’t be trusted. We need to shut him down.
Julian Assange: It takes two things to change the world. Good ideas aren’t that hard to fine. Commitment, true commitment—it requires sacrifice.
Julian Assange: Revolution is the struggle between the past and the future, and the future has just begun.
Sarah Shaw: Five commissions, [all those years abroad,] all those years spent wondering if the slightest turn of phrase would send the world into a spin, and right now, I don’t know which one of us [her or Julian Assange] the world will judge more harshly.
Daniel: The cult he was in, the family, they made the kids die their hair white. I guess everyone has secrets, scars, wounds that shape them. Some we can get past. Some we can’t.
Daniel: It was a moment where everything was possible. We could change the world.
Daniel: Julian made it all about him. It always was. Only someone so obsessed with hiding his own secrets could expose everybody else’s.
Julian Assange: Tyrants of this world should beware. We have the power now to demand the information that will wash them all away.
Julian Assange: No one is going to tell you the truth. They’ll only tell you their version. You have to look for yourself.