Embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has devoted his life to exposing government secrets, but apparently he’s not able to handle his own private information being leaked to the public. After his personal e-mails were published by some newspapers, Assange reportedly had a major meltdown during a phone call with the editor of the magazine Private Eye. The WikiLeaks founder alleged that the editor was part of a “conspiracy” of “Jewish writers” who were trying to take him down:
The editor of Private Eye magazine says Assange told him that an Eye article about WikiLeaks’ Russian associate, alleged Holocaust denier and antisemite Israel Shamir, was “an obvious attempt to deprive him and his organisation of Jewish support and donations”.
In the same interview Mr Assange added that the magazine was “part of a conspiracy” led by “Jewish” writers.
Mr Assange accused the Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger of being part of the conspiracy, despite the fact he is not Jewish.
According to Private Eye, when informed of this “Assange insisted that he was “sort of Jewish” because he was related to [Guardian journalist] David Leigh.
Apparently Assange’s wig-out was related to allegations that he had knowingly hired Holocaust-denier Israel Shamir. While journalists have questioned Assange’s ties to Shamir for a while now, newly leaked e-mails reportedly show that the WikiLeaks leader personally approved Shamir’s employment.
It’s also not much of a surprise that Assange blamed his predicament on the Jews. His philosophies — the anti-imperialism and anti-government paranoia — do tend to blend easily with anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.