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Watch: Julian Assange Chats with The Yes Men About Surveillance, Artistic Expression and the Power of Humor

Watch: Julian Assange Chats with The Yes Men About Surveillance, Artistic Expression and the Power of Humor

In the hilarious and powerful documentary “The Yes Men Are Revolting,” comedy troupe The Yes Men go to comical extremes — staging fake events and releasing fake press releases — to educate and alert people about severe environmental dangers and corporate abuses.

READ MORE: Here’s How ‘The Yes Men’ Pull Off Their Pranks Without Spoiling the Fun

Last weekend, The Yes Men sat down (via satellite) with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the IFC Center in New York, and found more common ground than one might have expected. Covering a range of topics including the state of the surveillance state, the perils and benefits of artistic expression and the unique power of humor, the discussion was a fascinating foray into two very different — and yet, in some ways, surprisingly similar — approaches to revealing truth and advocating for personal freedom.

Watch three excerpts from the conversation below:

The Protections of Artistic Expression

The Greatest Danger of the Surveillance State

The Power of Humor

READ MORE: Toronto Review: ‘The Yes Men Are Revolting’ Puts Activism in a Personal Light

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