Feb 27, 2014

We write about Assange’s lasagne because we can’t stomach ourselves

The latest "expose" of Julian Assange -- and the errors contained within it -- mark the final break by the UK Left-liberal establishment with the WikiLeaks founder -- amid crisis for the brand.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


“[Julian] tended to eat pretty much with his hands. People in magazine articles say he doesn’t eat, but he had three helpings of lasagne that night and he ate both the baked potato and the jam pudding with his hands …”

Oh good god, here we go again. It’s another elephantine article/expose/hatchet job on Julian Assange, in which the grey blur’s habits, table talk and sock preferences are examined in minute detail for several thousand words, at the end of which he is accused of being self-obsessed. This time around, elephantine doesn’t really sum it up. It is a balene, blue whale-sized piece, 27,000 words from the London Review of Books, written by Andrew O’Hagan, the ghostwriter of Assange’s “unauthorised” autobiography, the half-completed memoir that Canongate put out in 2011, when it was clear that a full and finished manuscript would not be forthcoming.

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4 thoughts on “We write about Assange’s lasagne because we can’t stomach ourselves

  1. Liamj

    Thanks for reminding me of the betrayal of Wikileaks by the Guardian, with friends like that who needs enemies.

  2. Andrew McIntosh

    Switched from The Age to The Guardian last year, now finding it hard to tell the difference.

  3. Luka

    The Guardian always seemed to me to be a type of 5th Column each-way read.

    It sucks you in on one direction only to lead the reader in the opposite direction.

    As for the Liberal Left, I trust them about as much as I trust the Raucous Right…Zero!

  4. Lil Z

    This is the only analysis of the O’Hagan piece I have read that reminds people of the actual issues at hand in the Wikileaks saga. Everything else has focused only on dissecting Assange’s personality. As Rundle points out, that is a political position in itself, given the stakes.

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