WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said on Tuesday that WikiLeaks is offering a job opportunity to the former Google employee who was fired after writing an internal memo condemning the technology company's approach to diversity.
"Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore," Assange said on Twitter. WikiLeaks, founded by Assange, releases classified government documents and publishes leaks from anonymous sources.
James Damore was fired on Monday for "perpetuating gender stereotypes," according to Bloomberg, after he said in his memo that biological differences are one of the reasons for the gender gap in the technology sector and in leadership positions. The 10-page memo, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," details Damore's views that the company alienates conservatives and has discriminatory policies.
"'Shut up and think' while the taboo of the day may change the fate of workers under cognitive capitalism remains the same #JamesDamore," Assange added.
There has been a range of reactions to Damore's firing, from those who applauded his removal because of his statements and those taking a similar stance to Assange, who view the firing as a censorship of opinions. Assange tweeted a hypothetical conversation between Google and one of its engineers.
"Google: Any ideas on how we can decrease wages? Engineer: The job is lonely & stressful. Maybe women don't like it Google: You're fired," Assange said.
Google: Any ideas on how we can decrease wages?— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) August 8, 2017
Engineer: The job is lonely & stressful. Maybe women don't like it
Google: You're fired
The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Google earlier this year and requested compensation data to see if it is following equal employment laws.
"Women & men deserve respect. That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back," Assange said.