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2011-03-16 08:25:00

In a rare public speaking appearance, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told students at Cambridge University that he believed the Internet was "the greatest spying machine the world has ever seen" and that it could be, in AFP's words, "an obstacle to free speech." The 39-year-old Assange "acknowledged that the web could allow greater government transparency and better co-operation between activists," Guardian reporter Patrick Kingsley wrote on Tuesday, "but said it gave authorities their best...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'