In the wake of the biggest intelligence leak of all time, it’s great to see Wikileaks’ Julian Assange standing up to some of the mud slinging by the right in general and neo-conservatives in particular, this smear by The Times being a case in point:
There’s a photo of Assange below a headline that reads “‘Taliban hitlist’ row: WikiLeaks founder says he did right thing”. And next to the photo, another headline reading “Named man is already dead.” The imputation is quite clearly that Assange’s actions have resulted in the man’s death, although in the story itself it makes it clear that he actually died two years ago.
“Is it clear?” says Assange. “Let’s see how much we have to read before we reach that information. It’s not in the first paragraph, second, third, fourth, it’s not in the fifth. It’s not until the sixth paragraph you learn that.”
And as Wikileaks’ editor in chief faces the most intense scrutiny by the world’s media, what have we learned from the digital trail left by the former hacker and computer programmer? Is Assange a Russian agent? Does he lead an underground anarchist movement dedicated to the destruction of western civilisation?
No. But he did write some bizarre poetry.
I’ve always found women caught in a thunderstorm appealing … I found myself loving a girl who was a coffee addict. I would make a watery paste of finely ground coffee and surreptitiously smear this around my neck and shoulders before seducing her so she would associate my body with her dopaminergic cravings.