Feb 8, 2013

Khan shuns Assange, joining other celeb turncoats

Former Julian Assange supporter Jemima Kahn has written a piece accusing WikiLeaks of the same misinformation as those it sought to expose. It's a sign of a renewed open-season on Assange in London.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Woolwich Magistrates Court on the edge of London, 2011. A drab place filled to bursting that day with the world’s media because the latest hearing of Julian Assange’s extradition case had been transferred there. The spectators’ gallery looked like the green room for Celebrity Big Brother auditions, 2014: Bianca Jagger chatted earnestly with Tony Benn etc.

One attendee was Jemima Khan (nee Goldsmith), ex-wife of Imran, who posted part of the bail for Assange, that allowed him to fight extradition from outside a cell. The celebs there behaved, well, pretty much like celebs, setting up an impromptu VIP room. After lunch Bianca Jagger jumped the queue, prompting mutterings that this wasn’t Studio 54 and she ain’t on no white horse now. It was all sickly and self-regarding, but they were stumping up money for a bloke everyone believed would — and many thought had a right to — jump bail if necessary, so props.

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8 thoughts on “Khan shuns Assange, joining other celeb turncoats

  1. [email protected]

    So, according to Guy, Jemima’s opinion is not worthy of consideration because she’s a girl who’s clearly got the hots for Julian, so she obviously can’t think straight.

  2. AR

    Good onya Guy.Were it not for you I’d not read owt credible re Assange, the pulp’n’ink brigade’s piercing whining in realisation that they are no longer gate keepers, even in their own lunchtimes is too risible.
    something…something..spurned, much?

  3. john adams

    Guy; the most important point is missed. Jimima Khan is the Executive Producer of “We Steal Secrets: The WikiLeaks Story” that WikiLeaks panned for obvious reasons. Imagine “I sleep with underage boys: The Guy Rundle Story”. Those in the film industry know what ‘Executive Producer’ means. It means you used your contacts for something. It is otherwise a vanity credit. After Fibney couldn’t get access to Assange, he used JK in exchange for the credit. That didn’t work either since WikiLeaks had heard bad things about Gibney’s approach.

    After ‘We Steal Secrets’ was savaged at Sundance by Jennifer Robin and others, JK, wrote her nasty article… playing into all this are the figures of Helan Lewis, James Ball and Alistair Campbell who operated behind the scenes in the leadup.

  4. zut alors

    “I don’t regret putting up bail money for Assange but I did it so that he would be released while awaiting trial, not so that he could avoid answering to the allegations.”

    Has JK been asleep at the wheel or what? Assange has repeatedly invited the Swedes to the embassy with their list of questions. It’s the Swedes who have determinedly avoided putting any questions to him.

    An excellent piece, Guy. Particularly enjoyed the Bianca reference.

  5. Ricky Santini

    The Pakistani right wingers may have a point, this woman is a sell out and security risk. She has inherited blood money from her fathers shady business dealings. TYpical upper class Pom bullshitter.

  6. Kevin Herbert

    J Khan..just another Hooray Henrietta looking to leave her mark…..on anything

  7. Andrea Perrin

    Reading your article Guy makes it worth my subscription, let alone the good articles others write. JA has definitely upset the “boys club” at the Guardian and elsewhere.

    Nice extra info, John Adams.

    JA is a charismatic person and both men and women have been affected by his charisma, hence the L Ron Hubbard analogy by Jemima Khan. I think it is fair to say that she was taken in by his charm. That is a separate issue to the work of WL and the Swedish warrant at hand. It’s a shame she hasn’t been able to separate the two.

  8. Amanda Watson

    Turncoats? Somewhat like the closed Australian media with Schapelle Corby.

    Only in that case, an entire cache of government documents which conclusively proves her innocence, add ministerial corruption, is totally censored.

    And that includes by Crikey.

    For those unaware, it is all published on this website, with more to come:

    It’s frequently re-tweeted by the courageous Christine Assange, and it shames your nation.

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