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Julian Assange warns SXSW of 'military occupation of the Internet space'

Sign at 2014 South by Southwest, Austin, Texas
Cadie Thompson | CNBC
Sign at 2014 South by Southwest, Austin, Texas

In a surreal session in Austin today, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange spoke with an enormous exhibit hall full of SXSW attendees via a problematic Skype connection from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

(Well, it was full at the beginning of the session. Poor remote video can quickly lose a crowd.)

Assange — credited with opening the current era of classified document releases, and unable to travel internationally for fear of extradition — is not necessarily this arena's star of the year. That would be Edward Snowden, who is also speaking with SXSW via video chat from Russia on Monday. Also on Monday, journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has been Snowden's key outlet, will be join SXSW on a hookup from Brazil.

Read the whole story of Assange's session at Re/code.

By Liz Gaines, Re/code.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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  • Working from Los Angeles, Boorstin is CNBC's media and entertainment reporter and editor of CNBC.com's Media Money section.

  • Cadie Thompson is a tech reporter for the Enterprise Team for CNBC.com.

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