Assange turns Snowden into a traitor

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How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.

Truly, Julian Assange is one of the most awful people in the world. A rabid egomaniac with a contempt for women and for the lives of others, he is stinking up the Ecuadorean Embassy while refusing to stand trial for rape in Sweden. His speeches full of self-puffery from the balcony never mention the women who are waiting for justice; women his groupies have been keen to name and slander on the internet.

The guy who put the Ass in Assange has voluntarily jailed himself in a small room, to avoid the possibility of jail in a humane and airy Swedish prison.

How I laughed when hearing that Ecuador, having privately peacocked all over Britain, Sweden and the USA through its grandiloquent offer of asylum, is now desperate to get rid of him, so desperate it’s recalling its ambassador. Hahhahahaha. Excuse me. Laughter break. Hahahahahahaaa. I don’t recall a more satisfying moment in news this year than reading the account of the new consul talking desperately to minister Hugo Swire MP: “What do we do about the stone in the shoe?” Swire (magnificently) “Not our stone. Not our shoe.”

Hhahahahaahaaaaa! Hilarious.

Not quite so funny is the unraveling tale and fate of Edward Snowden. In my opinion, he blew the whistle on something important and unconstitutional. An earlier article on this blog asked for a Presidential pardon for him. I believed it was warranted then. No longer.

Snowden was different from Assange. He revealed the existence of an appallingly widespread snooping programme and lies to Congress, but he released only selective data, taking care not to put American lives at risk. Julian Assange, who I believe is as good as a murderer, did not give a damn what happened to those who worked with American forces against the Taliban:

“Declan Walsh, the Guardian’s Islamabad correspondent, recalls one tense evening: “We went out to a Moorish restaurant, Moro, with the two German reporters. David Leigh broached the problem again with Julian. The response floored me. ‘Well, they’re informants,’ he said. ‘So, if they get killed, they’ve got it coming to them. They deserve it.’ There was, for a moment, silence around the table. I think everyone was struck by what a callous thing that was to say.”

What a guy.

However, the first alarm bells rung when from Hong Kong Snowden praised Assange. He should know better. But the Wikileaks cabal have money and power, enough to fly him out of the country. Julian Assange (dreadful personal hygiene along with the monomania) then totally overstepped his bounds, strong-arming the supine Ecuadorean staff at the London Embassy into offering him a travel document and giving interviews in which he, Assange, seemed to speak for Ecuador. Hahaha, Correa! You utter loser! You feel clever with all those big interviews now, don’t you? And that grant to the USA for education on human rights! Correa is paying a price for his peacock moment – Julian Assange as his house guest – and he can pay it for the next sixty years for all I care.  He slapped down Assange, did a screeching reverse on America after taking a call from Joe Biden, said his consul had overstepped her bounds, and now Snowden’s Wikileaks lawyer companion is a millstone around his neck.

Because Wikileaks are indisputably enemies of the United States. Assange is more spy than traitor, as he is not an American, but by associating himself with these people, Edward Snowden is betraying his country and becoming an international pariah. Worse than that, he has paid the price for Assange’s troops getting him out of Hong Kong – he has handed over to Wikileaks a complete data dump of all he stole. While he, Snowden, only revealed non-threatening evidence of the existence of the PRISM program, he has handed to a man with an utter contempt for American life all the data he stole. He must now bear responsibility for whatever that weak-willed trial dodger and misogynist Assange does with it.

And Assange, smarting from the slap from the hosts whose welcome he probably outstayed about six months ago, lost no time in threatening Ed Snowden and making it clear that he would dump all the files whether Snowden liked it or not.

There is no stopping the publishing process at this stage.  Great care has been taken to make sure that Mr. Snowden can’t be pressured by any state to stop the publication process.

You’re in trouble now, Edward.

There is only one answer for Edward Snowden. Dump Sarah Harrison, your Wikileaks lawyer. State publicly that Wikileaks is threatening you with a complete dump of materials you were careful to only partially release. Call upon Ecudorean President Correa to expel Julian Assange from its Embassy if Wikileaks publishes one line from the NSA dump (incidentally, Ecuador, this is your get-out-of-jail free card to kick Assange out of your London digs. Opportunity knocks, boys, you can turn a crisis into a drama if you move fast). And having done all that, and partially protected the American lives you have endangered by giving data to Wikileaks, come home to America and face the music and let the truth speak for itself.

After all, if what you have done is whistle blowing, it will stand up in the court of public opinion. But Russia? Ecuador? Assange? These are not good people for you to be associating with.

In the meantime, Snowden knocks around the international lounge at a Russian airport like Tom Hanks in The Terminal, which appropriately describes his chances of getting out of this situation with any credit.

PS: I think Assange should stand trial in Sweden for rape. Then he should be extradited back to the UK to stand trial for skipping his bail. Then he should be extradited to the US for trial for espionage, assurances having been given that the death penalty will not be applied. No European country can extradite to the US if the death penalty is a possibility. But Assange should get what’s coming to him. And like the UK, smiling down at Ecuador right now, the US can be very, very patient.


photo by Esthr


  1. Dee · July 2, 2013

    I think this is your best blog ever ( except for all the ahahhaah). Snowdon has ruined all the good he has done, hasn´t he?

  2. Anonymous · July 2, 2013

    No he hasnt… only in weak minded fools who can only make up their minds with straw men ec.

  3. Anonymous · July 2, 2013

    Would it not cheaper all round to leave in the embassy

  4. Anonymous · July 2, 2013

    Met Police costs 3.3 million so far guarding the Embassy!

    • louisemensch · July 2, 2013

      So be it. Nobody busts out of our country. The foreign policy value to the UK of Ecuador being stuck with Assange is enormous.

      • Mike Ross (@eruptionchaser) · July 2, 2013

        Tell that to Asil Nadir 😉

        Quite a few have done it. It’s just a matter of patience and assistance.

  5. Anonymous · July 2, 2013

    Fabulous. Should be syndicated across the Press, worldwide.

  6. louisemensch · July 2, 2013

    Thank you very much. And thank you Dee. I feel sorry for Edward Snowden but yes. He should never, never have handed over data that could endanger American lives to Wikileaks. His only chance now is to disassociate himself from them, try to recover his data (as I suggest here, asking Ecuador to expel Assange if he publishes any of it) and return to the USA.

    The story is no longer PRISM but Snowden, and that is Snowden’s own fault.

  7. Susanne Maier (@gerge42) · July 2, 2013

    As if the story wasn`t Snowden long before JA got involved. Or don`t u remember the detailed reports about his past and private life incl, a pole dancing girlfriend?

  8. Dawn Parry · July 2, 2013

    Excellent article – and please don’t refrain from putting in the “hahahaha”‘s. that’s what makes this blog come to life, bursting with personality. 🙂

  9. Mike Ross (@eruptionchaser) · July 2, 2013

    I truly don’t get this.

    He talks to Greenwald, he’s a hero.

    He talks to Assange, he’s a traitor?

    If I was in his position, I would place what data I had in places where I knew it wouldn’t be touched; Greenwald AND Assange would be a good start. Less chance of being ‘disappeared’ if they know that won’t be effective in shutting him up. And, I would take what help I could get from wherever I could get it. Nothing would induce the US to lessen their resolve to ‘get’ Assange – so, in as much as he can trust anyone, I think Snowden can trust Assange not to cut a deal or betray him somehow. There’s aren’t many people he can say that about.

    Assange is certainly a polarizing character – but this is precisely the kind of thing that Wikileaks is FOR.

  10. thfc4 · July 2, 2013

    Unfortunately for Snowdon, the only passage available to him once he made the moves he made was to accept help from the one body which will not bow to some sort of insider pressures. Try to forget what Assange is or isn’t as a person. What Wikileaks is as an organization are a semi-safe haven/supportive hug for people like Snowdon. Personally, I think Snowdon’s situation is extraordinarily tragic. He had to have known that he was, effectively, giving up normal life by doing what he was doing. He stood up for freedom, yet he will be crushed by the powers who sell that same word to an oblivious public. Who else would you suggest Snowdon allies himself with? Who else will listen? Even Russia will only allow him to slop about near Moscow Airport’s TGI Fridays for so long before they understand that the political pressure from the US is not worth the fight. Because you surely cannot believe that were Snowdon to follow your advice, he would somehow be judged fairly by the US authorities? He would, instead, become the next Bradley Manning.

    Good reading though…and yes, regardless of what I might, or might not, believe with regards to Wikileaks, Assange is a strange and somewhat dubious character who displays some seriously narcissistic tendencies.

  11. Matt Langley · July 3, 2013

    You seem to be overlooking the fact that none of the Edward Snowen files endanger anyone. They simply expose criminality by goverments.

    Also, Wikileak’s refusal to edit is borne of a policy of openess and the principle that if you edit for any reason you open the door to political manipulation, and undermine the credibility of the plaform, is sound. Although, Wikileaks has implemented that policy without regard for the impact on real people, which raises a very valid ethical debate. Your quote, assuming it’s authentic does show a single mindedness, and lack of empathy; possibly even a hostility to our own government(s). Maybe he has even condemned himself, for surely what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

    As for Assange himself, on balance, various reports suggest he is egotystical, and self-centred. I feel you over play the allegations against him though. My understanding is that they are of mis-representation (of monogamy) and presumption (morning congress after consensual sex the night before). The actions of a cad and a sleazeball, if true, no doubt, but apparently not forcible rape, unless I’m mis-informed as to the allegations. In anycase, it’s for a court to decide, as per the rules of that country, should he ever find himself there.

    The problem is, that, as you suggested, if he surrenders to that country, he may be extradited to the US and spend the rest of his life in prison for rightfully exposing illegal transportation, torture, and murder, ordered by persons who are still in power in the US government.

    • Nik Mitev · August 21, 2013

      Matt – people who are raped usually don’t recommend their rapist to their friends after the rape. You are trying to introduce some balance to the discussion which is commendable, but when the mightiest propaganda machine in the world is spewing dirt at Assange it is not enough to assume that 50% of the allegations are unfounded it is likely to be closer to 90%.
      Fingers crossed he gets elected in Australia and lives to see the day when he will sue for all the libel and make an awful lot of money.

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  15. Nik Mitev · August 21, 2013

    You lost me at ” A rabid egomaniac with a contempt for women and for the lives of others, he is stinking up the Ecuadorean Embassy while refusing to stand trial for rape in Sweden.”
    Without knowing much about you, my guess is you are the “rabid egomaniac” you see in others.

  16. morethanannie · August 26, 2013

    Would you mind posting a link to where exactly it says that Snowden gave his material to WikiLeaks? Because from what I understand and can find out, this is pure conjecture. The quote from Assange above could mean just about anything – not necessarily that WikiLeaks will be involved in the publication, let alone that they have any of the material. I know a WikiLeaks spokesperson hinted something like that but he was also very vague about it.

  17. caUx · August 28, 2013


  18. goggzilla · November 27, 2013

    Except of course you omit that Anna Ardin worked for the CIA and Sofia Wilen only reported her “rape” on discovering Assange was far from monogamous. Recent news is that Uncle Sam has given up on Julian leaving only the donut eaters of The Met to dodge before leaving England for freedom. BTW Ardin texted an hour after her “rape” that she was off to a party with her new bloke. Almost as big a joke as Ched Evans being found guilty.

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