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Ghostwriter reveals the secret life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Anonymous Coward writes | about 8 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "From the Telegraph, "He is vain, secretive, paranoid and jealous, prone to leering at young women and making frequent sexist jokes – and that's not the view of one of his many enemies, but of a friend ... A damning picture of Julian Assange ... has emerged in a detailed account by his ghostwriter ... Assange behaves ... like an egotistical tyrant interested more in his own self-publicity than in changing the world. Worse still, he turns on his friends with increasing regularity ... Assange describes the Ecuadorean ambassador offering him diplomatic asylum as “mad”, “fat” and “ludicrous” ... The WikiLeaks founder is also disparaging of his former ally Jemima Khan, who put up the surety for his bail before he broke its conditions ... “He didn’t pause to ask why a loyal supporter might become aggrieved; when I raised it with him he simply made a horribly sexist remark.” ... Even Assange’s girlfriend, WikiLeaks researcher Sarah Harrison, grew increasingly frustrated at his behaviour ... Harrison says of Assange: “He openly chats girls up and has his hands on their a**e and goes nuts if I even talk to another guy. ... Miss Harrison appears to begin having doubts about Assange’s account of his relationship with the two Swedish women who have accused him of rape. ... for someone so concerned about possible attempts by governments to undermine and even neutralise him ... Assange is remarkably careless about security. ... O’Hagan, who had hoped to find an anti-authoritarian rebel figure worthy of admiration, says he comes to regard Assange as someone who sacrificed the moral high-ground by attempting to evade trial over the rape charges."" — The Scotsman adds, "Canongate director Jamie Byng yesterday hailed O’Hagan’s account of the “impossibility of trying to ghost Assange’s memoirs”. He tweeted: “Andy O’Hagan’s compelling, ring side account of Being (& being around) Julian Assange is smart, accurate and fair.”""
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