The Weirdest Things Julian Assange Doesn't Want You To Say About Him

The Wikileaks founder sent an email to journalists containing a list of things he doesn't want them to publish about him.
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Last November, The Guardian revealed Julian Assange met with Paul Manafort at the Ecuadorian Embassy, shortly after Manafort had been appointed to run the Trump campaign in the spring of 2016. Assange has vociferously denied these claims, calling Guardian reporters Luke Harding and Dan Collyns "serial fabricator[s]" and even betting the paper $1 million that the meeting never took place.

Still performing damage control, Wikileaks sent an email to journalists this weekend marked "confidential" and "not for publication" containing a list of 140 "false and defamatory" things that they cannot say about the organization or Assange. It said, in part:

“There is a pervasive climate of inaccurate claims about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, including purposeful fabrications planted in large and otherwise ‘reputable’ media outlets...Consequently, journalists and publishers have a clear responsibility to carefully fact-check from primary sources and to consult the following list to ensure they are not spreading, and have not spread, defamatory falsehoods about WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.”

Reuters broke the story on Sunday, and national security reporter Emma Best published the full list this morning. However, Assange has since revised the list, omitting more than 40 bullet points that appear in his original document. A complete breakdown of the differences between the two documents can be found here, but for now, here are some of the weirdest things Assange doesn't want you to say about him - all of which he deleted:

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange, or his mother, or his father, is, or was ever, a member of a cult.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange bleaches his hair.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange’s mother is, or ever was, a 'hippie.'

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange has ever walked into embassy meeting rooms in his underwear.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Ecuador suggested that Julian Assange did not look after his cat or asked him to improve his care of it.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Ecuador asked Julian Assange to improve his hygiene.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange is a communist.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange stinks.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange has ever tortured a cat or dog.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange does not use cutlery or does not wash his hands.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange lives, or has ever lived, in a basement, cupboard or under the stairs.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange has ever played soccer or used a skateboard during week days or office hours at the embassy.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that WikiLeaks or Julian Assange shared documents with a dictator.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange or WikiLeaks ever employed, or contracted, a holocaust denier.

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange has ever insisted on Russian bodyguards."

All of these are weird enough on their own, but given that Assange leaked the emails of the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign head John Podesta to swing the election to Donald Trump, it's the final bullet point he deleted from the document that is the most ironic and acidic of all:

"It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange wants to harm the United States."

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