#Multiviral: Wikileaks’ Assange joins forces with Calle 13 for new song
“We’re going viral,” the group announced on their Facebook
page on Wednesday.
The song’s release was accompanied by a live Twitter Q and A with
Julian Assange (activist and founder of whistleblower site
Wikileaks) and lead singer, Puerto Rican ‘Residente’ in both
English and Spanish. They discussed the song, which slams the
evils of media manipulation and ‘bad journalism’, while also
taking on pharmaceutical companies, the military and corporate
“People have to be aware of that…that they know what they’re
reading,” ‘Residente’ (35 year old René Pérez Joglar) said.
“Maybe they can die for an idea that is not true, maybe they
would go to war.”
“We’ve both been the subject of false media reporting,”
said Assange and concluded jokingly: “I just try smashing them
on the head every time, but then they don’t like me very
The lyrics to the song were sourced through Twitter-follower
responses to pressing social justice issues, of which they
received thousands when they made the first official request.
“Your lies tell us the truth we will use against
you,” Assange can be heard saying.
“We’re going to manipulate the idea and construct a song to
talk against the bad media but using their voices,” said lead
singer Residente, by way explanation for the project on an
Assange’s voice cuts in after the main body of the song, stating
“we live in the world that your propaganda made. Where you
think you are strong, you are weak…your secrecy shows us where we
will strike. Your weapons reveal your fears for all to see.”
The track also features the guitar skills of Rage Against the
Machine’s, Tom Morello, and Palestinian singer, Kamilya Jubran.
Assange is still based at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Pérez
visited him in London earlier this year to work on the
song. Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy for over a
year to circumvent an extradition order to Sweden, where he
stands accused of sexual offences, which he has denied. Assange
fears extradition to the US from Sweden to face investigation
The move follows Assange’s recent stunt singing in an Australian
music video from under a mullet in a clip entitled ‘Game of
Polls’, which he released to raise the profile of his Wikileaks
party with Australian voters as he strove to gain a Senate seat.