It hurts when the shoe fits the other foot and that has happened to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.
WikiLeaks, the purveyor of millions of secret, private and classified documents, has been in the news a while now over publishing millions of documents from, to and about government matters and personnel.
Assange, identified as founder of WikiLeaks and as heart and soul of that organization, is now venting his displeasure, anger, frustration and angst over the release of an unauthorized autobiography.
His anger is aimed at a British publisher for releasing drafts of the memoirs without his permission.
Boo hoo hoo and too bad. The taste of publishing is bitter and difficult to swallow. So thinks Assange. Too bad!
No doubt there are millions around the world who have no sympathy for a man some in America would like to see punished for being a traitor or war criminal.
The WikiLeaks leader is not, apparently, as guiltless and ill acquainted with the book his anger is over. He worked with a ghostwriter on the text, but backed out, attempting to cancel his contract.
The British firm, Canongate had paid Assange an advance, reports state, but he did not repay the company. Instead the funds were deposited in an account in his attorney’s name to pay for legal bills.
The WikiLeaks leader disputes such claims and says events surrounding the unauthorized publication are not about Freedom of Information, about opportunism, deceit, deception and disloyalty.
Boo hoo hoo again. The shoe is now on the other foot and it’s the wrong size. It hurts.
The book, reportedly placed before the public Thursday, tells of the early life of Assange in Australia, his passion for computers and hacking, and the founding of WikiLeaks.
The firm describes itself as “an uncensorable system for untraceable mass document leaking.”
He apparently likes to castigate others, accusing former workers and others of “leaking information” to other publications.
How dare him.