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Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:47 PM

Who is Julian Assange? By the people who know him best

The son, the saviour, the fugitive, the friend, the man. He also has an odd craving for Vegemite
guardian.co.uk, Friday 24 August 2012 18.00 EDT

... The first time I met Assange, he was convinced a sniper was targeting him through the windows of a conference centre. A few hours later, he was happily typing in front of the same windows. I asked why he believed he was a target. "I can't tell you," he said. Then, five minutes later, he did. He told me I should come to Washington DC for a press conference. Why? I can't tell you. Again, five minutes later, he told me about the Collateral Murder video.

Assange attributed his drive to his first experience with power as a young man (hacking into the email of a Pentagon general). I said maybe I liked investigating politicians' expenses because that had been my first big investigation as a student. "No, it's different when you're a young man." Can't women be driven the same way? "No, they're not." It was a definitive statement, no supporting evidence needed ...

I later heard from two other women who said Assange pulled the same "poor little lost boy" trick on them in an attempt to finagle his way into their homes. I said that was not how I conducted interviews. He complained that I didn't have a maternal instinct, adding in drama-queen fashion: "I have two wars to stop."

I replied: "Yeah, it's a tough life being a messiah." His response left me speechless: "Will you be my Mary Magdalene, Heather? And bathe my feet at the cross" ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/24/who-is-julian-assange?newsfeed=true

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struggle4progress Aug 2012 OP
pnwmom Aug 2012 #1
struggle4progress Aug 2012 #3
a geek named Bob Aug 2012 #2
struggle4progress Aug 2012 #4
a geek named Bob Aug 2012 #5
a geek named Bob Aug 2012 #6
proverbialwisdom Aug 2012 #7
struggle4progress Aug 2012 #8
OnyxCollie Aug 2012 #9
struggle4progress Aug 2012 #10

Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:50 PM

1. I think there's a problem with your link. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:52 PM

3. oops! thanks! fixed!

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:52 PM

2. your link

 

went to a forum...

the article from bbc would have been interesting...

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Response to a geek named Bob (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:52 PM

4. oops! thanks! fixed!

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:54 PM

5. No problems

 

After I've read your article, then I can properly castigate you....

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Response to a geek named Bob (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:55 PM

6. proof I need more coffee...

 

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 04:22 PM

7. Daniel Ellsberg: I Congratulate Ecuador for Standing Up to British Empire to Protect Julian Assange

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/17/daniel_ellsberg_i_congratulate_ecuador_for

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012

Daniel Ellsberg: I Congratulate Ecuador for Standing Up to British Empire to Protect Julian Assange

VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT

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Response to proverbialwisdom (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 05:03 PM

8. That's a bit overblown from Mr Ellsberg, isn't it? The "British Empire" is long gone: there are

fourteen British Overseas Territories, the largest three of which (in descending order) are (1) their antarctic research station, (2) the Falklands, and (3) the Sandwich Islands. The total area of the remaining eleven British Overseas Territories does not even come to 750 square miles -- that is, they (combined) are considerable smaller than the state of Rhode Island

Of course, the situation was rather different when Mr Ellsberg was born in 1931, though one might have expected him to notice events such as the independence of India or the Suez crisis or the partition of Palestine or the independence of Zimbabwe or any of a number of other geopolitical moments of import during Ellsberg's youth

Here is someone who actually stood up to the British Empire, back when that Empire existed:



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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 01:49 AM

9. A zealot's fervor...

Are you trying to impress Jodie Foster?

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #9)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 10:10 AM

10. If you dislike the feature, you could ask the guardian to stop picking on Julian

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