There was a ban on filming and recording for both, but N24 has published the rights and the keynote together with their own interview. From the Skype interview with Melinda Crane there is therefore only one sound recording in very poor quality, which was published on netzpolitik.org.
There is also the above recorded, almost three-minute video snippet, the Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® was leaked anonymously. I looked at all the footage: How does the Australian put under house arrest since 272 days in the UK?
Uncertain eye contact, speech like a robot
In the keynote, which was imported via Skype transmission, the eye contact into the camera is initially uncertain. Assange blinks, her head is lowered and looks slightly upwards. This can be a sign that he is either insecure or has something to hide.
Assange speaks almost like a robot. He seems to have a dry mouth and therefore swallows every now and then. Of course, this can also be due to the fact that he talks to a camera, not to a human being. During the keynote, Assange also shows no gestures.
His speech is a bit hesitant, reflective, and he looks down again and again. I do not know whether there are documents there, but I think rather that he is going into it.
What does Assange think?
Eye movement patterns show us which form of thought processes the speaker has. The view to the bottom right (from our point of view) usually shows the perception of one's own feelings in the context of the words.
Towards the end of the keynote, he often looks to the right. Either there is now a control monitor, or it is another sign of uncertainty. If it were a monitor, I'm amazed, however, that he does so only in the second half.
His visual appearance - suit, white shirt, hair - is more sophisticated than in earlier pictures. The son of Wanderzirkus-Betreibern tries to give the serious business man by all means. Even the fundamental tone of his behavior is friendly.
I remember an interview at a TED conference, where he has already corrected the interviewer in the first sentence, harshly pronouncing himself and Wikileaks as successful because of the failure of others, and while speaking, he took off his jacket and rang his cell phone. He was extremely arrogant and dominant.
Critical questions do not make him nervous
Also, I looked at the three-minute snippet from the Skype interview with Melinda Crane. His restless body language (look, etc.) matches that of the keynote. Only a few gestures come to it, similar to the interview with N24, and he talks again a bit more fluid.
I could not say that the critical questions make him even more nervous than at the keynote. It is probably the anonymity of the technique that makes him restless.
In direct conversation quiet and factual
Compared to the interview with N24, in which he sits opposite a journalist, Assange in the Skype transmission is superior and unsafe. This I particularly note the nervous gaze and the chopped speech.
In an interview with the journalist, on the other hand, he appears very calm and objective. He maintains a good eye contact with the interviewer, uses a lot of very good, lively and supportive gestures. He speaks strongly, not too quickly and very intelligibly. No more trace of chopped.
He substantively substantiated, justifies Wikilieaks procedure as necessary reactions on media, in particular the Guradian. The fact that secret documents are published here, which on the one hand are not to be published and on the other hand can cause damage, does not put up for debate. He sees much more as a democratic enlightener and supporter of activists and their organizations.
Whoever sees him for the first time in this video and has not informed about the background, gets the impression that a serious journalist is at work here. He was the hero, not a criminal. Accusations that he had risked the lives of others easily, he repels. And by its serious appearance, this is credible.
Consciously create a positive image?
He attacks the media (“are influenced by the powerful of the world”), sees the media as important multipliers for his “heroic work”. Julian Assange is aware that he is hated by many and that his actions are disapproved. That's why he tries to create a positive image with a serious, emphatically calm and factual demeanor.
During his keynote, however, he seems unsure whether it is because the technique of video transmission is opposed to him, or because he simply has lampfiber. Or is he not quite sure to do the right thing?
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