Saturday, June 12, 2010


The whole Wikileaks/Bradley Manning/Julian Assange imbroglio is reaching a state of high fluidity. Manning is under arrest, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is playing hide-and-seek with Pentagon assets, and may be in danger of "extreme sanctions" (or other John Le Carre-esque euphemisms), if Daniel "Pentagon Papers" is to be believed.

He's also trying to get his hands on the transcripts Adrian Lamo turned over to the feds, before the feds are able to prevent the release of a large number of leaked diplomatic cables.

Expect to see more in the headlines over the coming weeks, and in the meantime, have a look at this New Yorker profile of Assange, who seems to have had the kind of life where this week's troubles are par for the course. Hiding from cultists, safe houses in Reykjavik and motorcycling through Vietnam feature prominently.

I could swear I met him online in the 80's when he went by the handle Mendax...or maybe I should swear I've never heard of him.

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