Julian Assange Says “Jewish” Conspiracy Behind WikiLeaks Smear Campaign


assange-wikileaks1According to a column in a British magazine, Julian Assange complained that he believes a “Jewish” conspiracy is bent on smearing WikiLeaks. Private Eye, a print magazine know both for satire and original reporting, printed a column penned by editor Ian Hislop today that details a Feb. 16 phone conversation between Hislop and Assange.

While discussing a WikiLeaks associate in Russia recently accused of denying the Holocaust, Assange told Hislop that the story represented a larger conspiracy organized by the Guardian newspaper in order to deny his organization of Jewish donations and support. In a reproduction of the Private Eye column — which is currently only available in print — Hislip attempted to reason with Assange:

[Assange] went on to say that we were part of a conspiracy led by the Guardian which included journalist David Leigh, editor Alan Rusbridger and John Kampfner from Index on Censorship — all of whom “are Jewish”.

I pointed out that Rusbridger is not actually Jewish, but Assange insisted that he was “sort of Jewish” because he was related to David Leigh (they are brothers-in-law). When I doubted whether his Jewish conspiracty would stand up against the facts, Assange suddently conceded the point. “Forget the Jewish thing.”

The WikiLeaks founder went on to complain about the Guardian editors, saying they “failed [his] masculinity test” and “behaved like gossiping schoolgirls.”

{Salon.com/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. tHIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED BY mATSAV WITHOUT STRESSING WHAT THE REPORTER PUT almost nothing in quotes and hasn’t made the tape recording public ( if it exists)
    the only words the reporter put in quotes is the line ” FORGET THE JEWISH THING”.

    Secondlky, salon subsequently added a disclaimer to their story – quote from Salon,” Also, we’ve corrected the headline on this story to reflect that the Hislop’s story is very much contested.”

    Thirdly and most importantly, here here is the Assange Tweet:
    TWEET ” Hislop has distorted, invented or misremembered almost every significant claim and phrase. In particular, ‘Jewish conspiracy’ is completely false, in spirit and in word. It is serious and upsetting. Rather than correct a smear, Mr. Hislop has attempted, perhaps not surprisingly, to justify one smear with another in the same direction. That he has a reputation for this, and is famed to have received more libel suits in the UK than any other journalist as a result, does not mean that it is right. WikiLeaks promotes the ideal of “scientific journalism” – where the underlaying evidence of all articles is available to the reader precisely inorder to avoid these type of distortions. We treasure our strong Jewish support and staff, just as we treasure the support from pan-Arab democracy activists and others who share our hope for a just world.”

  2. Assange’s response to this is above. Another thing that needs mentioning is that Assange accused the Guardina newspaper of lying about a former jewish employee of his ( a wikileaks employee)
    The Guardian circulated a rumor that Israel Shamir, a Jew, who is a former employee of wikileaks, was a holocaust denier. Assange was upset with the Guardian that they would publish a lie that his former employee was a holocasut denier. He thought this was a Guardian conspiracy on the part of the three Guardian reporters to discredit wikileaks.

    Mr. Hislop the reporter of the article that Assange says is not true has no tape of the conversation, and even Hislop the reporter says Assange brought up the idea that the three Guardian employees claiming Israel Shamir was a Jewish Holocasut denier were themselves Jews. After the reporter said they werent then the reporter claims Assange says ” Well forget the Jewish thing”

    Assange charges that the story is a concoction of lies and distortions.

    Wikileaks claims Hislop has been sued for libel more than any other reporter in Europe