Stuff we’re not supposed to say about the WikiLeaks guy

You don’t need to be super-sophisticated in the ways of journalism and social media to know that when you email reporters saying, “Here are the 140 things you should never say about me,” it’s going to turn into a story and millions of people will see it.

Monday’s morning’s Exhibit A: Julian Assange.

It’s not clear what WikiLeaks was thinking when it sent out a memo to journalists saying NOT FOR PUBLICATION at the top laying out “falsehoods” about Assange — currently at home in the Ecuadorean embassy in London — that are both perplexing (“It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood”) and banal (“Contrary to false reports, his cat hasn’t even been at embassy since well before the inunction (sic) was filed”).

Anyway, telling reporters they can’t say something is almost never a good strategy.

The Twitterverse is off and running on it, too, with a stream of hilarity and comeuppance under the hashtag #OtherWikiLeaksRules.

  • jon

    Is it still fair to say that he’d be facing a much less horrible existence if he were to end up in a UK (or even a US) prison?

    It’s my understanding that folks in solitary confinement have more fulfilling lives that assanage in a great many ways…
    More human interaction, and more exposure to the outside world being among them.

    • Barton

      I think that is fair, but to allow that to happen, he’d have to lose part of his ego which says that he is above the law and allow himself to be prosecuted.

      • theoacme

        Problem is, Assange will a) never get a fair trial, and b) will be executed while the crimes against humanity that Wikileaks exposed will not be punished.

        • RBHolb

          Executed for what?

          I’m still not certain what crimes he may have committed under US law. Theft of secrets? He didn’t commit the theft, as far as I know. In any event, that is not a crime covered by the US-UK extradition treaty, or he could have claimed that it was a political offense, so he would be safe in Great Britain.

          Of course, he really would have been home free as far as the US is concerned if he had been extradited to Sweden to face the rape charges there.

  • Guest

    I betcha we are gonna see some press releases labeled with Not For Publication / super top secret being sent out to journalists 🙂

  • Postal Customer

    The one good thing that came out of the 2016 election was this guy’s complete loss of credibility.

  • JamieHX

    A little, little man.