As per usual holiday tradition, BBC has guest editors come in and host radio shows over the holidays. PJ Harvey was today's guest, and she included Wikilieaks' Julian Assange as a guest on her Radio 4 show.
UPDATE: you can hear Julian Assange's comments at the ned of tis article.
He brought a "Thought for the Day" with him which said "Through the confessional system, the Catholic church spied upon the lives of its congregants. While Latin mass excluded most people who could not speak Latin from an understanding of the very system of thought that bound them.
"Knowledge has always flowed upwards, to bishops and kings not down to serfs and slaves. The principle remains the same in the present era. Documents disclosed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that governments dare to aspire, through their intelligence agencies, to a god-like knowledge of each and every one of us."
He added: "To keep a person ignorant is to place them in a cage. The powerful – if they want to keep their power – will try to know as much about us as they can, and they will try to make sure that we know as little about them as is possible."
PJ Harvey offered this about her hosting the BBC Radio 4 show "I hope that the programme you hear, is the programme I wanted you to hear - I have come to realize that a great deal of its content is about censorship in one way or another... As ideas for titles and topics to be discussed took shape, many poems and songs came into my mind. For me, music and poetry can be as persuasive and as powerful as a fine speaker and a fine speech. You will hear songs and poems supporting and highlighting the content of this programme."