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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange 359

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'. Even Assange's girlfriend, WikiLeaks researcher Sarah Harrison, grew increasingly frustrated at his behaviour. 'He openly chats girls up and has his hands on their a**e and goes nuts if I even talk to another guy,' she says. 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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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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  • Not a ghostwriter. (Score:5, Informative)

    by o_ferguson ( 836655 ) on Monday February 24, 2014 @01:32PM (#46324637)
    Speaking as a ghostwriter, this is not how one operates. This guy is just being an asshole.
  • by goombah99 ( 560566 ) on Monday February 24, 2014 @02:14PM (#46325173)

    more like self appoint, failed and bitter biographer.
    "[When Assange would not cooperare with the writier]... Assange's publisher, Cannongate, releases its own version of the autobiography, after Assange allegedly fails to honour the terms of his contract. The book flopped, selling only 700 copies in its first week"

  • NSA Campaign (Score:5, Informative)

    by StormReaver ( 59959 ) on Monday February 24, 2014 @02:28PM (#46325367)

    Remember, the NSA's stated M.O. is to publicly smear Julian Assange in order to get people to divert focus away from the crimes commited by the U.S. Federal Government.

    Julian's character is an irrelevant distraction, so don't get drawn into a debate over the messenger. Stay on message: The U.S. Federal Government has committed crimes against its people, and will do anything to cover it up.

  • Re:So? (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24, 2014 @02:43PM (#46325557)

    It wasn't rape and it wasn't until the US government leaned heavily on the authorities in Sweden that it suddenly became rape. As I recall they had to convince the women that they had been raped.

  • Re:So? (Score:5, Informative)

    by HeckRuler ( 1369601 ) on Monday February 24, 2014 @07:18PM (#46328877)

    There were Afghanis who worked secretly with the US had their names revealed

    Were there now?

    You'd think the Pentagon would have known about them: [wikipedia.org]

    On 11 August 2010, a spokesman for the Pentagon told the Washington Post that "We have yet to see any harm come to anyone in Afghanistan that we can directly tie to exposure in the WikiLeaks documents",[55] although the spokesman asserted "there is in all likelihood a lag between exposure of these documents and jeopardy in the field." On 17 August, the Associated Press reported that "so far there is no evidence that any Afghans named in the leaked documents as defectors or informants from the Taliban insurgency have been harmed in retaliation."[56]

    In October, the Pentagon concluded that the leak "did not disclose any sensitive intelligence sources or methods", and that furthermore "there has not been a single case of Afghans needing protection or to be moved because of the leak."[57] Both Wikileaks and Greenwald pointed to this report as clear evidence that the danger caused by the leak had been vastly overstated.[58][59]

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