Four Months Later, Julian Assange Still Isn't Dead

Image: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Image: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Ecuador’s foremost pain in the ass can finally stop tweeting in the third person as @Wikileaks, as he’s been doing since 2008. Lets give a hearty (if perplexed) congrats to Julian Assange for “joining” Twitter.

How did the Wikileaks founder introduce himself to this brave new digital world? By paraphrasing Mark Twain to address “Day Assange Killed,” a conspiracy theory suggesting that he’d been killed by the CIA after Wikileaks posted some cryptic strings of numbers and letters. Did I mention that that notion dates back to mid-October, and Wikileaks did nothing to dispel those rumors at the time?

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That’s the final nail in the Day Assange Killed coffin, so to speak. Assange made some questionable decisions when writing his bio though:

Refugee; Picking the lock to the chain that enslaves mankind—ignorance. No war without lies no peace without truth. Viva el Ecuador!

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At a time when the United States is attempting to turn away actual refugees, that’s a pretty bold label to claim for one’s self, especially when his situation would be more accurately (if less succinctly) described as “not a refugee, just fleeing a rape investigation in Sweden.” And positing himself as a cure to ignorance when Wikileaks is, at best, a palliative, is also strange since the whistleblowing organization not only helped birth the Pizzagate conspiracy, it actively fanned the flames.

In short, Assange is alive and still very much a jackass. But the question remains: What has become of his cat?

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Image: AP Photo/Matt Dunham
Image: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Meow twice, sweet kitty, if you’re being hauled off to a CIA black site in a pet carrier.

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MisterSterling
Mister Sterling

I am still at a loss as to why Gawker (now Gizmodo) has a raging hatred for Assange. The US government has always been secretive. It has been ultra-secretive since Bush 43. So someone has to be an asshole and help those secrets leak out. We have an NSA who was compromised by Russia and a prsident who probably is compromised by Russia. But let’s slam Julian Assange. Yeah. He’s the bad guy. Christ.