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Julian Assange's Online Dating Profile Leaked

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the leaker-love dept.

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Ponca City writes "The Telegraph reports that an online dating profile created by Julian Assange in 2006 has been unearthed from OKCupid disclosing that the WikiLeaks editor sought 'spirited, erotic' women 'from countries that have sustained political turmoil.' Writing under the pseudonym of British science fiction author Harry Harrison, Assange described himself as a 'passionate, and often pig headed activist intellectual.' Assange said he was seeking a 'siren for [a] love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy' adding that he was 'directing a consuming, dangerous human rights project which is, as you might expect, male dominated' and added enigmatically: 'I am DANGER, ACHTUNG.' Among Assange's listed interests were the 'structure of reality' and 'chopping up human brains' – although he added the caveat '(neuroscience background)' lest the latter put off potential admirers. 'I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil,' Assange wrote. 'Western culture seems to forge women that are valueless and inane. OK. Not only women!'"

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334 comments

Hmm... (5, Insightful)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34551930)

That actually sounds like a fairly accurate representation of the man. Honesty in an online dating profile? Whodathunkit???

Re:Hmm... (2)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 3 years ago | (#34551960)

makes me want to make sure I delete my dating profile from POF. It doesn't work anyhow.... :(

Re:Hmm... (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552028)

You get what you pay for, with those websites. The free ones are like leper colonies.

Re:Hmm... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552114)

Go on...

Re:Hmm... (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552556)

The ones you pay for also like leper colonies, only the lepers have a bit more money to spend.

If you're looking for someone to date, try having some interests other than computers and hanging out with people who share those interests.

I say "other than computers" because dating geek chicks is like dating geek guys, only they're chicks.

Just sayin'...

Re:Hmm... (3, Funny)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552822)

try having some interests other than computers

I did try, and failed. Whats my next move?

Re:Hmm... (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552898)

Fake it.

Pretend you enjoy dancing at the clubs. Or maybe try some other things like taking a Health class at the local school. There's 30 girls for 1 guy in that major. (Basically the inverse of engineering.)

Re:Hmm... (1)

Sam36 (1065410) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553008)

Go to church. Then perhaps The Lord will use your sick sinful lust to lead you to something good, like perhaps contending with the apostle Paul. Kinda like a horse and carrot.

Re:Hmm... (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552178)

People who use dateing websites are not the people you want to date. That's why they use dating websites.

Re:Hmm... (2)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552320)

But what about the people the enjoy using dating sites? Don't you think a dating site would be a good place to find like-minded people?

Re:Hmm... (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553140)

I met my wife on American Singles. We've been married for 13 years this past summer. We've got two kids. We're both busy professionals that don't go clubbing, have different hobbies, and had bad luck dating people based on what they looked like.

YMMV, but if you don't have a car or put gas in the tank don't expect much.

Re:Hmm... (3, Interesting)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552428)

Actually, the pay sites are confidence game scams for the most part. OKCupid, which is free to use, and offers value add on an otherwise useful site (that is, rather than a broken, useless site that you pay to make work) that is free.

Anyway, their blog ripped apart the pay sites with their own numbers. The end conclusion... paying for online dating is for suckers.

http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/why-you-should-never-pay-for-online-dating/ [okcupid.com]

Its absolutely scathing. Ok, they are a competing site, but, their assessment seems quite strong and correct.

-Steve

Re:Hmm... (4, Funny)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552730)

eHarmony rejected me.

Seriously, Im not joking (even though its fucking funny).

Re:Hmm... (2, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552074)

makes me want to make sure I delete my dating profile from POF. It doesn't work anyhow.... :(

Didn't work for Julian. He had to start an international NGO to get chicks.

Re:Hmm... (5, Funny)

x2A (858210) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552662)

Then I shall too! Mine's gonna be "RubberLeaks".

Crap, he's already done that one too :-/

Re:Hmm... (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552104)

POF used to be decent, then they started requiring you to put up more and more information which had no relevance to anything other than to the people they were marketing the information to.

When I left, I told them exactly why (not that it mattered). I had also seen others who left for the same reason.

Re:Hmm... (1)

del_diablo (1747634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34551982)

I agree, his honesty is a inspiration.... to my corrupt wallet 3

Re:Hmm... (4, Insightful)

IICV (652597) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552498)

I don't get it, actually - the profile seems to almost be a parody of itself, and the article says absolutely nothing about how they know the profile is actually Mr. Assange's. How do they know it's his, exactly?

(I've been wondering the same thing about the diplomatic cables honestly)

Re:Hmm... (1)

PyroMosh (287149) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553034)

Yes, exactly!

What would stop you, or me, or anybody from faking classified documents by making stuff up, then "leaking" them to an outfit like Wikileaks?

Which of course raises the counter-conspirasy theory conspiracy theory:

What would stop a government from faking classified documents ny making stuff up then "leaking" it to Wikileaks or a similar group? /me adjusts tin-foil hat.

Re:Hmm... (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553156)

China, Iran, and Australia believe the USA did just that. that Wikileaks is a CIA operation to throw the diplomatic community into a fenzy.

Re:Hmm... (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553236)

Right - why is this not the #1 thread on this discussion? That was my first thought. Seems to be an obvious fake for parody's sake.

Re:Hmm... (1)

x2A (858210) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553244)

I was wondering the same about the last lot too. It seems to be that the US government has no credibility left with the whole WMD fiasco. At the moment, I don't think the administration particularly wants to go to war with Iran, but I think there are definitely at least elements that want the option to, and want it to be known that there is the option to. So, as practically everybody is questioning the credibility of the US government, but practically nobody is questioning the credibility of the leaks, they would be the perfect "soft power" tool for shaping the minds of people, because nobody's questioning their authenticity... just... oh look, lots of people want to go to war with Iran... almost reminds me of a... coalition of the willing... hmm...

Does certainly make me wonder if there were any controlling elements behind the leaks.

Re:Hmm... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552570)

Honesty in an online dating profile? Whodathunkit???

If you look at the OKCupid profile, he used the name HarryHarrison, you'll find that he lied about his age. It says he is 22.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34551944)

What a douche.

Re:Anonymous Coward (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552128)

Why?

Re:Anonymous Coward (0, Flamebait)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552228)

>He's a douche.

>>Why?

Because he uses an online dating service and styles his hair like the guy from Flock of Seagulls?

Re:Anonymous Coward (2)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552376)

Assange's tiny role as Roger in Pulp Fiction more than makes up for this.

Re:Anonymous Coward (2)

The Great Pretender (975978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552804)

That is so not flock of seagulls, sheeeesh. Get your hair styles right (http://www.mamapop.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/mike-score-flock-of-seagulls.jpg)

Re:Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34553022)

No, more like David Spade.

Re:Anonymous Coward (1)

PatPending (953482) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552806)

What a douche.

Thank goodness for Adblock Plus: Block Image!

Concocted? (0)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552042)

How much of this is real, and how much of it is planted to tarnish his image, I am sure to have a grain of salt (or a few pounds) while reading his info.

Re:Concocted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552172)

So, if a certain newspaper releases info on Assange, we should take it with a grain of salt. If the same newspaper releases cables from Wikileaks, we should vow to the awesomeness of "free speech" and "truth". Assange is a human being, and it has its flaws as such. Stop making him a sacred cow.

Re:Concocted? (5, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552544)

Comparing the private sexual desires of an individual to wholesale deception and fraud of unelected government goons in the name of the people with the intent of changing lives of those who aren't even aware of the backroom dealings isn't close to the same thing.

Not even a little.

Re:Concocted? (0)

pmsr (560617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552626)

Information wants to be free, right? Or it is just the one that fits your /s/tard whims that should be released? You useful idiots should stop lining up to suck the dick of these /s/tards . No wonder you always end up on the wrong side of History.

Re:Concocted? (1)

soldoutactivist (1137475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552546)

A-goddamn-men. I'd upvote, except you went AC, AC. Furthermore, stop calling him Robin Hood of the Digital Age. Robin Hood never held the money he stole for ransom when he was caught. Unlike Assange, who threatened to blow his infoload all over the world if the charges against him weren't dropped. Some hero for justice.

Re:Concocted? (1)

Lazareth (1756336) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552760)

He threatened to do what now? As far as I'm informed, he has done no such thing. He has a death man's switch which is exactly what it says on the tin and has nothing to do with any charges leveled at him. Now, if he was to suffer an unfortunate and mysterious sudden death...

Re:Concocted? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552920)

... then we'll find out that Ron Paul is G. Gordon Liddy and J. Edgar Hoover's love child!

Re:Concocted? (1)

seanslater (644908) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552212)

Apparently the profile was last updated in 2006 - long before Wikileaks hit the big time and all this controversy. The evidence at this stage would suggest that the profile is legit.

Re:Concocted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552230)

I agree. This is hilarious, but obviously fake. It's probably not meant to tarnish anything, though -- I suspect it's just for a bit of a laugh.

And if it isn't fake, well, all it shows is that Assange has a pretty good sense of humor.

Re:Concocted? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552270)

Seriously? The guy is an insane criminal who advocates theft and espionage. He ought to be hung as a spy.

To those who think this man is some kind of saint or a "journalist": A journalist accepts worthwhile information that come their way that is newsworthy.
They work with society to improve quality of life. WikiLeaks actively encourages theft, which becomes espionage when the information is private
to a government.

How hard is it to put a missile on each IP location that is helping our enemies?

from the ad (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552078)

"let me pick your lock with my 256 bit long key"

Predictable (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552092)

The only thing gleened from this is that he likes to be in the middle of controversy.

Thats not a good thing, but it does show his motives.

Re:Predictable (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552638)

Why isn't it a good thing?

Your values are showing.

Re:Predictable (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552666)

I'm sorry to say that if you needed this ad to figure that Julian Assange likes to be the middle of controvery, you haven't been very much paying attention.

Valueless and Inane (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552196)

As someone who specifically sought a partner from another part of the world, I have to agree with his observation - but it doesn't just apply to women in the West. Adversity breeds maturity, and adversity simply does not exist where a high quality of life is handed to the vast majority of Westerners - men and women alike. There is a reason why the best dating advice for both men and women in North America is to find someone not from this continent.

Re:Valueless and Inane (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552304)

... it also breeds desperation. And something tells me one must really need to be desperate to date such a moral aberration as that "gentleman".

Re:Valueless and Inane (1)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552348)

I was just going to ask how he knew so much about my ex-wife! Words to live by. There's plenty of adversity for the intrepid American working class, not dodging bullets and suicide bomber like in more radical countries, but not a cake-walk by any standard. There are some of us Americans who aren't obese, gun-toting wackos, shopping at Wal^Mart and buying the Dubbya memoirs while thinking how we can get our smarter relatives to consider a big-titted idiot to be a suitable presidential candidate. There's at least 12 of us that I know of, so this assumption is only 92% accurate giving my personal population sample. 8^)

Re:Valueless and Inane (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552796)

You sound like a really lovely person. You must be popular.

Re:Valueless and Inane (1)

youngone (975102) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553118)

Ha! Big-titted idiot. Awesome! I actually though Clinton for a second.

so what? (5, Insightful)

digitalsushi (137809) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552232)

Wow, someone who's brave enough to stand up for what he believes in is also brave enough to say what he wants in a woman. We're pissed because sometimes he succeeds, apparently.

BTW, this slashdot story is an example of the things media is doing wrong:
http://zunguzungu.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/there-is-something-to-see-here/ [wordpress.com]

"....Julian Assange is not that important. Don’t give him a Nobel Prize. Don’t demonize him. Don’t line up in solidarity behind someone who may or may not be a serial rapist. Don’t demand the conviction of someone who is only accused of a crime, and needs to be presumed innocent until he is convicted. Demand justice for him — and don’t pretend you know what that is, unless you’re one of the three people who do — but don’t fall into the trap of thinking his conviction, in the long run, has very much to do with the whole host of really important issues that the Wikileaks revelations have brought up. Don’t make him more important than he is.

Wikileaks is only a single part of something that is, on its own terms, very important. They’ve given us a great deal of knowledge about exactly how the American state actually acts, proof that many of the state department’s secrets are simply a way of avoiding democratic oversight, that our diplomatic corps secretly does horrible things in our name. We already had a lot of knowledge of that, but now we have a lot more, and much of it utterly and uniquely damning. Julian Assange is a smart man who’s done some brave things in service of a good cause — and we owe him a debt of gratitude for the gift he’s given us. Thank you, Wikileaks. But that’s all we owe him, and them.

Which is why I want to say this, as clearly as I can: it’s exactly because Assange and Wikileaks are relatively unimportant (compared to the gigantic scandal of the anti-democratic security state in which we now live) that the media has made him into a superstar, has tried to make the entire story about Wikileaks and a single eccentric and interesting character, rather than about the United States government’s actions as a system. The more we focus on him – and I’ve contributed to that, which is why I particularly want to write this post — the more we take attention away from the real story, the substance of the things Wikileaks has revealed....."

Re:so what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552370)

Somebody mod this magnificent bastard up!

Re:so what? (0, Flamebait)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552612)

Yeah. That would be a great idea. And I want a pony, too!

The truth is, Assange IS Wikileaks. He built the whole website as a monument to himself. It wasn't as some sort of block to totalitarianism, it's a testament to his Ameriphobia. We attempt to destroy that which we do not understand. Intelligence agencies do keep a limited supply of "honey traps" on hand. The most telling detail of his story was while he was with some CIA whore, and the whole time he was reading stories about himself online instead of sticking his tongue down her throat. You'd figure that if he really was against IMPERALISM AND CHRISTIANITY BLARRGHARGHBL he maybe could have kept his dick in his pants for a while. But no, he fell for the oldest trick in the book, and now there's a cell waiting for him in United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility, Florence, Colorado, right alongside other Ameriphobes like Yu Kikumura and Timothy McVeigh.

Re:so what? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552694)

Did they put Timothy McVeigh back in his cell? Ewwwww.

Seriously, since the US pretty much runs the world, anybody upset about the way things are being run is by definition an Ameriphobe.

Re:so what? (2)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552812)

The truth is,

A claim like followed by nothing but invective only reveals truth about the person making the claim.

Re:so what? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552906)

The truth is, Assange IS Wikileaks.

No, the truth is that the information in the leaked documents is useful or not based only on its own merits, and the personality of the person who orchestrated the leak has nothing to do with that.

I'm sorry that you can't separate emotion and reason, it must be quite a handicap.

Re:so what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552674)

Damn - shouldn't have spent my points on that stupid Jeopardy story earlier.

Re:so what? (3, Insightful)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553240)

Unfortunately historical recounts often reflect far more about the author than the events in question. In this case though, because the historian is in no way an author of the events, but merely a means through which they are transmitted, I feel that neglecting the contents of the message for ad hominem reasons says more about the reader than the author.

My wife of 8 years and I met on yahoo personals (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552258)

Not really relevant, but showing that they do sometimes work. Just not if you are an egomaniac like Assange.

Re:My wife of 8 years and I met on yahoo personals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552454)

I knew it! Online dating sites are infested with perverts looking for eight year olds!

Re:My wife of 8 years and I met on yahoo personals (0)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552792)

Your wife is 8 years old? thats sick!

Douche Alert (1)

andoman2000 (1755610) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552260)

Wow so he even describes himself as a douche.

Riders & The Media (0)

cosm (1072588) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552276)

They are riding the popularity of his name. Fueling the character assassination. They are diverting actual attention from the leaks. This article is just one more in the pile of NOTIMPORTANT documents. Yet I'm sure it's being tweeted and liked all across The United Social Network of Corporate America.

Re:Riders & The Media (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552510)

The Media? The same Media that leaked the cables is doing that? Ahh you probably want a special kind of media, one that does your bidding. Right!!! Crawl back to the wrong side of History where you came from, dude.

Re:Riders & The Media (0)

david.emery (127135) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552710)

What he said! (I don't have mod points otherwise I'd have used them on the parent post.)

Ad Hominem (2)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552278)

Allright, we get it. He's a bit of a weirdo as far as his love-life is concerned.

Now how is this news? Hooray, he likes a particular subset of the female population. What does this have to do with his ability to run a website which leaks government information?

Does this even have ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING? Is this good proof that he raped/didn't call in the morning/whatever someone?

If you want to discredit someone, find something more useful. Like "Dear Diary, raped a woman today. Felt good about myself"

Re:Ad Hominem (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552364)

It could help reveal his sources. If he was looking for affairs to give him political information, that is.

he's a douche, that's all that matters (5, Interesting)

hxnwix (652290) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552606)

As the countless posts calling Assange a douche reveal, it's important to establish that he's a douche. This is called poisoning the well and is meant to discredit more relevant information presented by Assange.

He's also a public figure (1)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553098)

And in case you haven't noticed, people love to know all about public figures, even really trivial shit. It is the price you pay for fame, more or less. You can't be an enigma, you can't have privacy like you did before. People will want to pry in to your life for no reason other than that you are in the public eye.

In Assanage's case, it'll be all the worse because of how he made his fame. He loves revealing secrets. Some people will find it funny/poetic/whatever to do the same to him.

International man of mystery (1)

whiteboy86 (1930018) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552292)

I do not believe and would never claim that it is a real profile and not a fake, but the title:

Current mission: "Fomenting Revolution."

Is certainly fitting.

and... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552310)

after online dating fails, it's on to 'sex by surprise', I suppose...

Social Nudity (1)

thescreg (1854974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552322)

I get the feeling that he won't be too upset by this coming to light. Someone like Assange probably posts things online with the full knowledge that they could (and probably will) be exposed for the world to see.

Suspicion confirmed (2, Funny)

Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552340)

I was on the fence about the whole rape-charge thing until I read this article. That online dating profile is no doubt the profile of a rapist.

Re:Suspicion confirmed (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552578)

I was on the fence about the whole rape-charge thing until I read this article. That online dating profile is no doubt the profile of a rapist.

You forgot your [sarcasm] tags.

Re:Suspicion confirmed (4, Funny)

md65536 (670240) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552802)

Yep. He even expresses interest in women. Case closed in my book.

"Assange said he was seeking a 'siren' for [a] love affair," -- as in, police van siren???
"children" -- anyone care to wonder why he is seeking CHILDREN??? sick.
"and occasional criminal conspiracy'" -- what, like condom-related international sextreason?!

Mod parent up a promotion to be a court judge. We need more people like you, who are able to extract the truth immediately based on personal opinion and nothingness, rather than people who will waste time bothering with facts and evidence and logic and reason.

He's being sarcastic to downplay his image? (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552432)

Even if he comes of as violently histrionic, I can't see the bulk of that ad as anything but an attempt to make himself appear less intimidating to approach. I guess it could be a sign of romantic insecurity if he wrote it like that to preemptively deflect criticism.

Um, how do youi know it's actually HIS profile? (1)

melted (227442) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552472)

Let me ask the obvious question. How do you know it's actually his profile?

Re:Um, how do youi know it's actually HIS profile? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34553000)

We don't, but the fact it's from 2006 -- and actually, it may be from earlier since OKC stopped showing people's sign-up date -- means there's a good chance it's legit. Wikileaks wasn't really on anybody's radar back then, and almost certainly not enough for some government or other entity to put up this profile at that time. Besides, it's actually a pretty good profile; a little fruity for my tastes, but my profile's silly and nerdy (and maybe a little pretentious).

I can see it now... (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552482)

...Sarah Palin posts to her Facebook: "I knew Assange was a terrorist! Only terrorists chop up human brains!"

$10 says some politician takes something from that profile out of context

Re:I can see it now... (1)

rbollinger (1922546) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552722)

I'd hate to see that, a politician taking what a journalist says out of context.

And This Is What Happens (0)

$lingBlade (249591) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552500)

And this is what happens when you make *this* kind of guy, the figurehead of your cause. The focus becomes the man, and not what he and his organization were trying to do.
I fault him for this. Not because he leaked his dating profile or even *had* a dating profile, but because he *relishes* the power and control he has over WikiLeaks and as such
clearly has an agenda of his own. What's wrong with that? Well, when you get on a soapbox and start yapping about how you're unveiling this sordid world of lies and backroom handshakes
of various governments of the world, and claiming some kind of moral or ethical superiority, don't be surprised when every piddly thing you've ever done in life comes under a microscope.

He's like a candidate running for political office. Blissfully unaware that that bong hit, or naked photo of them in college will someday come round to haunt them. And moreover, he's unaware that for all his leaks, at least
as far as government leaks are concerned, it's all for not. What's going to change? Security protocols and the methods by which they select who has access to data, where and when. That's about it. Personnel changes, that's what these leaks are going to change.

If it were truly about being transparent, then it would have been better to leak these documents in any number of other outlets. Without the prestige, hand-waving and bullshit agenda, presented as "freedom" or some kind of informational liberation. As in, oh *gasp* the governments of the world are acting in their own best interests, as opposed to the interests of those that put them in power... shock... horror. Wake up. That's reality. Is it a sad one? Sure. But are these leaks going to "change the world"? Not in the long term. In the short term, it's a nice news story and not much more. When the focus is on you the individual, the message you'd hoped to convey gets lost. If his leaks were really as epic and world changing as he and his organization would have us believe, they should stand on their own merits. And they don't.

Re:And This Is What Happens (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552680)

Am I missing something? What is damning about this profile?

I agree about him having an agenda and all that, but this profile is... mundane

Re:And This Is What Happens (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552708)

What an asshat you are...

As in, oh *gasp* the governments of the world are acting in their own best interests, as opposed to the interests of those that put them in power... shock... horror. Wake up.

And all you can do is clamor about how this was the wrong guy to expose the actual bullshit you so easily dismiss as general knowledge. I know one thing for sure, you weren't the right guy for the job, because you didn't do it.

It takes slightly crazy people to expose this BS. You have to really, really care about it. There are tons of ways to make a decent living for yourself, and exposing corruptions is by no means the easy route.

Re:And This Is What Happens (0)

$lingBlade (249591) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553048)

Well that's the thing about people like you, who seem to want to have it both ways. On one hand you seem to want this information to be some epic unveililng of the "true" nature of governments of the world, as though the mere "existence" or revelation, would cause some kind of uproar or revolution. On the other hand, some of you claim that the information is all benign, known well already and is therefore harmless. Harmless in its existence and harmless in the damage it could potentially cause. So which is it? Is this information *really* that important, or are you another unwitting victim of WikiLeaks hype machine?

It seems to me that you're in the latter group. Personally I *don't* think any information they've released concerning the government is doing more good, than harm. I think these leaks are like a dropped rock in a pond, the effects of which will take some time to be felt. That might be good, that might be bad. But if I'd have to *guess* how things would go, I don't think these leaks will alter our reality. And, I never said I was the "right" guy for any job. Hear that? That's the sound of my point rushing right past your head.

What BS is WikiLeaks exposing? Diplomatic cables that amount to high school gossip amongst various "cliques"? Oh the horror. Video footage of soldiers doing their job, with the Leftist spin as though they were just *looking* for targets to light up on a whim? Please. Gimme a fucking break. I don't trust "slightly crazy" people with anything. The fact that you do, speaks volumes.

And I never said this guy's antics were "easy" or the best way to go about earning a buck in this world, once again, you've missed the point. The point is that he's the wrong person to be running the show, calling the shots. If you're a fame whore, power hungry and egotistical, I wouldn't trust you to polish my shoes, let alone airing the governments dirty laundry in public. And more importantly, all he's done is made himself a VERY easy target. If he were on some truly altruistic crusade, he should have released this information quietly, without drawing attention to himself. But he didn't, so neither you, nor him, should be surprised when large groups of angry people seize on anything and everything they can in his past background that paints him as a "less than stellar" person. The focus is on him. Not the issues at hand. And the issues at hand don't stand on their own very well without constant media attention and hype.

Re:And This Is What Happens (1)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552766)

Thats the whole brilliant point. Everyone spends all their time blasting him and forgets about wikileaks. Its security by misdirection.

Re:And This Is What Happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552780)

*this* kind of guy

Really. I mean, what kind of guy wants "spirited, erotic" women? Besides like... all of us.

Re:And This Is What Happens (3, Interesting)

NEW22 (137070) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552904)

I don't really understand what you are trying to say. You say you fault him as his style is making him the focus more than the information that has been leaked. On the other hand you seem to be saying that the leaks are unimportant. If the leaks are unimportant in the 1st place, why is Julian Assange's fault in this of any concern to you? The ol' cynical "Governements do horible things, is anyone surprised?" angle. Basically anything could be leaked and there would be somebody sitting around acting like the cool guy saying "Yeah, like we didn't already know that the US is hooking warlords up with little boys, psh... old news". Is any leak going to change the world? If it doesn't, do we just act like hipsters that are too cool to give a shit about anything at all?

Re:And This Is What Happens (5, Informative)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552996)

And moreover, he's unaware that for all his leaks, at least as far as government leaks are concerned, it's all for not. What's going to change? Security protocols and the methods by which they select who has access to data, where and when.

No, that is precisely his goal.

Ultimately wikileaks is not about leaking information. It's about fighting conspiracies. Back in 2006 Assange wrote some essays [cryptome.org] that explain the motivation for the creation of wikileaks. Assange's operational plan is a form of jiu-jitsu.

He has two core assumptions. First is that authoritarian organisations need secrecy to thrive. Second is that secrecy is a barrier to effective communication. He believes that demonstrating leaks to an authoritarian organisation will cause it to increase its secrecy. Pushed far enough, that secrecy makes the organisation cumbersome and inflexible, allowing opponents to easily get inside its OODA loop. [wikimedia.org] The end result is that the organisation must choose between curbing its authoritarian tendencies or collapse.

You may not agree with his assessments but to say he's unaware of the kind of response wikileaks will provoke is just a total misread of the situation. Understandable since so little of the news coverage bothers to do any better, but still totally off the mark.

Re:And This Is What Happens (1)

Zouden (232738) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553088)

I fault him for this.

Fault him all you like, but Assange has ensured that Wikileaks and himself are both household names. A common meme here on slashdot is "I generally support Wikileaks but I think Assange is a douchebag" - well, fair enough, but we're all talking about him aren't we?

What's wrong with this profile? (4, Insightful)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552702)

Really. Online dating is not rare or anything, this profile is actually quite funny and honest, so what's wrong with it? I'm pretty sure that many Assange-/WL-haters have profiles on such sites and many of them would be more painful to read.

So get over it.

Re:What's wrong with this profile? (2)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552940)

You pretty much need to have an eclectic profile like Julian's on OKCupid to attract the interesting women and to keep the vapid ones away. Hell, I'm taking notes.

In Project Mayhem... (1)

Puzzles (874941) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552750)

In Project Mayhem, your name is Harry Harrison.

You don't wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552786)

I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

Come on, you can do better than that! (5, Insightful)

AftanGustur (7715) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552808)

The world's top intelligence agencies are all hard a work digging up dirt on the man .. and they come up with ... his DATING profile ??

Re:Come on, you can do better than that! (1)

mldewey (976922) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553226)

Somehow, I doubt this came from any intelligence agency.

Also leaked his CIA code name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552814)

"Big Mouth"

Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552886)

He sounds like a twat.

Why is Sweden bad at asking questions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34552912)

Seriously. If they want to ask Julian some questions, how hard is it for them to simply pick up a phone? Didn't we invent phones so we wouldn't have to shout over long distances? Are there no phones in Sweden, is that the problem? Then what about email? Hell, write a damn letter!

Wait a second... (1)

MikeMo (521697) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552948)

Shouldn't he have already posted this leak on Wikileaks?

Assange happy profile finally receives attention! (1)

hxnwix (652290) | more than 3 years ago | (#34552950)

Assange had grown despondent that his dating profile hadn't generated much attention. However, for some unknown reason, it's now a topic of discussion worldwide amongst women who all agree with each other that he is a douche. Of course, many of these women proceed to privately email him nude pictures and lewd proposals. Assange is reportedly happy to be out on bail and is having the time of his life.

The reason your government is after Assange... (1)

synthespian (563437) | more than 3 years ago | (#34553134)

...is because he'll fuck you up.

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