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An intriguing mini-drama has emerged from backstage at the WikiLeaks theatre. Julian Assange has fallen out with the two senior Guardian journalists who have been central figures in the global publishing of classified US military and diplomatic documents this year. Arguably, he's not a man who can afford to lose friends at the …


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  1. Wind Farmer

    Bootnote question

    Were the other veg cooked more to your liking?

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Exclusivity is a form of censorship

    "So now he's signed up "exclusively" with Murdoch's Times. Gosh."

    Many would consider that a real dumb move, totally at odds with the spirit of Wikileaks.

    1. thecakeis(not)alie

      Very true, sir.

      Hat's off to you.

    2. Dan 10


      Clearly, amanfrommars1 isn't from the same planet as amanfrommars, because that post made sense.

    3. Scorchio!!

      Re: Exclusivity is a form of censorship

      >>"So now he's signed up "exclusively" with Murdoch's Times. Gosh."


      >Many would consider that a real dumb move, totally at odds with the spirit of Wikileaks.

      Speaking of 'Mammon', the saintly aura surrounding St. Jules (partially clipped away to reveal a hoary lower layer) fades daily. He intends to profit from his racket:

      Not so squeaky clean then, eh? No longer St. Julian from Heaven, but El Diablo Julian from Hades. Think on the possibilities here.

  3. The Fuzzy Wotnot

    Oh dear...

    The rate the dopey sod is going, I don't think anyone is worried about him being turned into a martyr when he turns up, floating face-down in the Thames next week.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    This story epitomises why I have little or no time for either Assange, or Wikileaks. Aside from the rampant hypocrisy of Assange, it shows that he is not a whistleblower calling time on nefarious dealings. He is just dumping stuff on the web as a means of either self promotion, or spurious justification of his wrong doings.

    It is indeed nice to see the tables have been turned for a change.

  5. Colin Millar

    Can this possibly mean....

    That the Daily Wikileaks will now get back to its mainstream job as a lifestyle blog.

    Julian Assange and the Grauniad - no danger of any serious journalism in that pairing.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    So Assange's reaction to being fitted up is "conspiratorial" and is mockingly attributed to (woooo) "unseen dark forces".

    So the Reg joins the ranks. This shameful Wikileaks hunt has been more revealing than any popular conspiracy theory could ever hope to achieve. I ashamed to be human, frankly.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: conspiratorial?

      Me too. Every day. I look at my dog and I think, dog, I envy you.

      Merry Christmas!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        Any creature that can toss its own salad goes on my Karma wishlist.

      2. Spartacus


        Would you still be saying that if your dog was Ug?

        (yay I achieved a legit daily wail link, thats 7pts)

      3. Steve X

        but of course

        "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."

        Merry Christmas to you too!

      4. Blofeld's Cat Silver badge

        Right sentiment - wrong species

        Dogs have masters, but cats have servants.

        A festive Yuletide to all.

      5. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Every day?

        I wonder why Sarah wishes her dog Merry Christmas *every* day.

        But who am I to question the small details in the meaningful relationships of others?

        I still wonder, though.

        Merry Christmas, Sarah and Dog!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward


          I now wonder what sort of Dog Sarah has?

      6. thecakeis(not)alie

        Oh, Sarah.

        Such cutting wit in a single sentence. <3

    2. Anonymous Coward

      @raidets conspiracy theory that is all down to conspiracy theories

      I think you will find it was Assanges lawyer who attriuted the allegations to 'dark forces'. So who is mocking who?.

      I think you will also find its Assange and co who attribute this extradition busniess to some kind of giant conspiracy relating to his entirely unrelated wikileaks shennanigans.

      He says that during the humphries interview. The allegations of rape have nothing to do with wikileaks.

      So boo shucks to you!

      Oh, yeah whilst typing this post I was listening to the humphries interview. He is a creep, I have no sympathy. Thats my impression.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        @ac 10:43

        "Oh, yeah whilst typing this post I was listening to the humphries interview. He is a creep, I have no sympathy. Thats my impression."

        That's a bit harsh - I think Humphries is OK, myself

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Today Programme

    I heard John Humphrys' s interview with him this morning and I thought that Humphrys pwned him. Assange came over as an arrogant whiner. Whether his is or not is a different matter but he seemed it in the interview.

    See for the interview

    1. Smallbrainfield

      Have to agree on this. He came across as evasive

      and rather creepy. I think anyone who heard it will probably have revised their opinion on the man.

      I imagine his lawyers were facepalming in the next room listening to him. I don't think he will have won anyone over with such a performance.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        I'm convinced that he just runs this site as a means to get laid.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Black Helicopters

        Have you read about his background?

        Starting half-way through Page 5 in this article:

        I don't mean to speak ill of anyone's mother, but wow... just wow

      3. Mme.Mynkoff

        Radio 4 Today

        Humphreys is a terrible interviewer, he interrupts himself all the time, so the interviewee can usually get away with saying nowt. But Assange came over as very creepy.

        Who needs a CIA conspiracy when the protagonist is as ropey as Assange?

        1. David Evans

          The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

          As far as I'm aware "coming over as creepy" isn't an arrestable offence (yet). He just came over as softly spoken and extremely careful with his words to me.

          1. Smallbrainfield

            "Coming over creepy"

            I have no opinion on whether or not Julian Assange is guilty or even has a case to answer in Sweden. But a lot of people listening to that interview form their opinions based on how he sounds. And sad as it may seem, a lot of people base their opinions on how people look or sound.

            Going on Today was a bad move for Assange. John Humphries technique was honed on politicians with skins so thick they're sought after in Chinese medicine. Assange's lawyers or publicists should have spent enough time with him to know he wasn't going to come across well.

            Maybe he would have come across better on the One Show with Chris Evans?

            1. DrXym Silver badge

              I think he's better served keeping his mouth shut

              Assange put himself in the spotlight. Either he should receive proper media training or he should pick and choose who he is interviewed by (i.e. definitely not Paxo & chums) , or he should keep his mouth shut and confine interviews to email. The latter is probably more in keeping with his character anyway. While there are some people who can't or won't accept it, everytime he opens his yap in the non-specialist media he is undermining himself and wikileaks.

              1. Scorchio!!

                Re: I think he's better served keeping his mouth shut

                "Either he should receive proper media training or he should pick and choose who he is interviewed by (i.e. definitely not Paxo & chums) , or he should keep his mouth shut and confine interviews to email."

                <Irony>Buhbuhbubuh^but he's a journalist an' an editor, didn't you know?</Irony>

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Just listened to the same interview

      Assange sounded completely reasonable in everything he said. Humphry sounded excessively aggressive, and asked some really poor questions. Seriously, why was he asking Julian how many women he'd slept with?

    3. DrXym Silver badge

      The Kirsty Wark interview did it for me

      I seriously thought he was autistic or something the way he kept trying to talk over her questions as if she wasn't even speaking. He was very articulate but there was something very odd about it

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      I listened to 2 minutes of the same interview and turned the radio off. I'd rather drive in (relative) silence than listen to John Humphrys' forthright wittering.

      There are lots of people in this world who have opinions, and lots of people who are able to ask awkward questions and that alone should tell you that the ability to have an opinion and ask awkward questions isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be.

      Maybe Assange is creepy - that doesn't make him guilty.

      Maybe Assange is guilty - that doesn't mean WikiLeaks is doing the wrong thing.

  8. DrXym Silver badge

    The Times can provide invaluable help

    The Times will show Wikileaks how to put their secrets behind a paywall so that nobody will be arsed to read them anymore.

  9. Cucumber C Face

    The bad, the ugly, the bad and the ugly?

    Rarely in the field of human conflict can such an unappealing set of combatants have entered the same ring. In no particular order...

    Murdoch Empire


    Divers crooked governments


    At a pinch I'd still back the underdingo - but wish rather they would all just annihilate each other in a puff of hadrons.

    1. breakfast

      Spot the odd one out

      One of those things is not like the others.

      Clue: It's the one that isn't really creepy.

    2. thecakeis(not)alie

      "A puff of hadrons."

      Well done.

      Personally, I tend to think of egos sort of like the magnetic field of an inductor. Ever charged up a powerful inductor and then severed the connection on both ends? The magnetic field collapses with nowhere to go but the inductor itself and the inductor rather suddenly isn't very happy. I personally wish that all four of the entities mentioned would very suddenly and abruptly have everyone ignore them. The lack of attention would cause their egos to collapse suddenly and abruptly, hopefully converting the lot of them into a pink mist.

  10. Tom 13

    After catching one of Glenn Beck's epsidoes the other week,

    I am quite convinced it is a honeypot, just not a CIA honeypot.

    It's a honeypot from a different branch of the anarchists mob. It got sprung at this point in time because he wasn't important enough before now for the accusations to catch much wind. Best part for them is not only does it advance their specific subcause (all sex is rape) it also helps undermine trust in government because they can play the fascist CIA card.

    Not that Beck played that angle. He didn't seem to know what was going on, just that it was all rather fishy.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Glenn Beck


      I can believe that that is certainly possible but please tell me you do know that Glenn Beck is full of shit though, don't you?

      He recently connected the student protests in London with Assange and then a circular nonsensical connection to George Soros. The student protests were not about attacking Royals or Wikileaks even remotely, quite simply they were about many young voters who had their first opportunity to vote, voted for the Lib Dems as they had a policy pledge that affected them directly and were let down badly.

      I actually think that there is a case for a rise in fees or a reduction of the number of students but you can't get away from the fact that the voters were lied to. (yeah, yeah - colation this, compromise that - Bullshit, it was a direct lie to a large section of their voters)

      Anyway i digress - Glenn Beck is an idiot!

      1. TelePom
        Black Helicopters


        He connects everything to George Soros. Eventually.

    2. Mips
      Jobs Horns

      Fascist CIA card

      That's giving Fascism a bad name

  11. Anonymous Coward 3
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    Wrong time of year old chap for leeks to be any good. James Bond would have known that and shot you dead for ordering them.

  12. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    Dare I say it?

    Mr Assange should remember there is no honour amongst journalists. If you make yourself the story, your former journalistic comrades will turn on you and treat you like you're just another story. In the meantime, I'm off to a flashmob snowball fight in Regents Park. Should I get hit by too many snowballs I will be hiring Mr Assange's legal team and loudly proclaiming it was all a big conspiracy, as shown by the mobile records....

    Merry Chrimbo one and all! Merry Traditional December Gift Day to those less inclined to the Christian fable.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Umm, not quite

      There is a degree of honour amongst journalists, and I am glad to see it return: the good ones report without bias, and dig out the lies. Here are 3 free media tips for you:

      1 - assume "off the record" does not exist.

      2 - never, ever lie to a journalist, because you'll pay for that when (s)he finds out.

      3 - never mention any assumptions either.

      Assange cannot claim it's OK to disclose confidential information without agreeing to the same treatment. The information of the Swedish case against him clearly shows he's been telling stories that have no basis in reality, so I can well imagine he's pissed off. It shows, for instance, that this would not have blown up if Mr Ego would have done the decent thing.

      Those women were not out to hang him, they were simply trying to get assurance that he had not infected them. By not bothering to respond to what I personally think was not an unreasonable request to get himself tested he basically dug his own hole, especially as he appeared to have been too impressed with himself to listen to these people.

      He's a t*sser. Or I bet he wished he was one now..

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      This article doesn't seem particularly biased to me, the key point seems to be that Assange missed an appointment with the Swedish police. This presumably is why they have issued an arrest warrant for him.

      The article does then go on to mention text messages and so on that might suggest that the women concerned could have cooked the whole thing up for money, or not as the case may be. It seems pretty even handed as a discussion of the events.

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        1. Scorchio!!

          Re: @ Titus Technophobe

          "there's a question as to whether this is anything other than made up."

          Known as 'weasel words' this claim is not founded on evidence, that is it is merely a claim. Now show us some proof why don't you?

        2. Scorchio!!

          Re: @ Titus Technophobe

          "the key point seems to be that Assange missed an appointment with the Swedish police"

          'No, that's merely a claim in the article, there's no evidence whatsoever that that is actually the case.'

          Oh, so that's /alright/ then! You Konstabel know *exactly* what's going on here, and the international arrest warrant is either a figment of the Guardian journalist's imagination, or completely unrelated:

          "The Guardian understands that the recent Swedish decision to apply for an international arrest warrant followed a decision by Assange to leave Sweden in late September and not return for a scheduled meeting when he was due to be interviewed by the prosecutor. Assange's supporters have denied this, but Assange himself told friends in London that he was supposed to return to Stockholm for a police interview during the week beginning 11 October, and that he had decided to stay away. Prosecution documents seen by the Guardian record that he was due to be interviewed on 14 October."

          So even Assange's friends are lying about his comments that he was supposed to return, and the police documents are either forgeries, a CIA plot, or figments of the Guardian journalist's mind, right?

          <Harry Dean Stanton>Riiiiiiiight</Harry Dean Stanton>

    2. paul 97
      IT Angle

      got bored

      I started to read it - and upon getting to this point:

      Another friend told police that during the evening Miss A told her she had had "the worst sex ever" with Assange

      Looked at how much more drivel there was - and gave up.

      Bottom line :

      a) No sex crimes of any note.

      b) Hes a creepy wierdo

      c) It all deflects attention away from the real issues - which is the main point of this story.

      1. Ian Michael Gumby


        "Bottom line :

        a) No sex crimes of any note."

        Not true.

        Of course you're thinking in terms of laws outside of Sweden.

        The fact that he attempted to have sex without a condom, meant that he was committing non-consensual sex, or Rape.

        Under the laws in Sweden, the accusal is enough to warrant and investigation along with possible charges.

        His crimes in Sweden are *the* story with respect to his current legal problems. The other shoe, the US issue, hasn't dropped yet.

        In another thread a poster has posted links to Assange's criminal past where he was convicted of hacking the US when he was in Australia. Being a convict does have some limitations too. Just ask Martha Stewart or Paris Hilton.

        1. PatientOne

          @Ian M Gumby

          "The fact that he attempted to have sex without a condom, meant that he was committing non-consensual sex, or Rape."

          Erm, one moment...

          "The fact that he is accused of attempted to have sex without a condom, meant that he is accused of non-consensual sex, or Rape."

          There! Fixed!

          Might as well be accurate, eh?


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