Spanish daily El Pais has an interview with WikiLeaker Julian Assange conducted over the weekend from his underground fortress, or secret hideout, or evil lair - well, wherever the guy is hiding out at.
The discussion was short, as one might expect with the world's Most Wanted man (why do I think Osama bin Ladin, if contacted, would give more than five minutes to the media), but shocking in its revelation of Assange as an hard-left ego-maniac, delusional about his own power and his place in history. Some excerpts:
We have hundreds of specific death threats from US military militants. That is not unusual, and we have become practiced from past experiences at ignoring such threats from Islamic extremists, African kleptocrats and so on.
The comparison to third-world thugs, and use of the word "militants", is intentional, of course...
...If there is a battle between the US military and the preservation of History, we have insured, History will win.
Julian assumes that history will paint him as a hero. Not big with nuance, this guy....
This exchange is classic:
Q. Is this the biggest leak ever? Or the most relevant? Or was it Ellsberg?s with the Pentagon papers?
A. This is the biggest, at over 265 million words and the most relevant - it covers every serious issue in every country-. It is more significant than the Pentagon Papers.
Q. What will be the consequences of this megaleak?
A. It is too early to say yet. The ripples are just starting to flow throughout the world. But I believe geopolitics will be separated into pre and post cablegate phases.
The world will be divided into the pre-Assange and post-Assange world. Didn't they say that about Barack Obama as well? And yet, they still may be right, but not in the way they originally intended.
And finally, here's a case where Julian Assange and I agree, regarding the ordering of U.S. diplomats (by Hillary Clinton)to spy on their foreign contemporaries:
...The whole chain of command who was aware of this order, and approved it, must resign if the US is to be seen to be a credible nation that obeys the rule of law. The order is so serious it may well have been put to the president for approval.
...Obama must answer what he knew about this illegal order and when. If he refuses to answer or there is evidence he approved of these actions, he must resign
He's right, but for the wrong reason. Assange wants Obama out primarily to claim victory for himself - he is greater than an American president! - but also because he believes it would hurt the United States to be shorn of its current leader. I, of course, feel an Obama resignation would be the greatest Christmas gift WikiLeaks could ever give America. As I said this morning, many who do evil...wind up serving The Good in way they never could have expected...
(Although, on a side note, who would win a battle between Barack Obama - Lord Narcissus himself - and Assange, Destroyer of Empires? Or is battle to big a word for two men who would likely bitch-slap each other before agreeing that the United States is the root of the world's evil?)
It's all about Julian Assange, from his belief that he has created a new world history to his blackmail against nations who may yet thwart his effort to destroy America. He's Bin Ladin with a laptop as opposed to an airplane, though Bin Ladin at least showed deference before his perverted vision of God.
Assange shows none, since he is The One. Let all fall before him....