The Slog’s December 13th posting on the Andy Coulson affair also made reference to alleged Wikileaks cables data on Murdoch’s US holdings, particularly the networking site MySpace. Late yesterday Wikileaks founder Julian Assange confirmed the existence of these cables, telling Jon Pilger in an interview that
‘”If something happens to me or to WikiLeaks, ‘insurance’ files will be released…the files speak more of the same truth to power…there are 504 US embassy cables on one broadcasting organisation, and there are also cables on Murdoch and News Corp.”
Were Assange to nail both BoA and Murdoch, he would get my vote. But the sheer megalomania of our Jules remains worrying: he clearly sees this now as a gladiatorial duel between his David and the US Goliath. Other very weird people have similar delusions. Anyone with that inflated an idea of their importance has to be worrying – whichever side they’re on.
Assange is also straying into areas of approach now that most reasonable people might find rather too self-centred. If he does have the dirt on Murdoch – and all he cares about is the truth – then why hold them back as insurance? The Wikileaks boss does seem to see the world as entirely about him.
There’s also a lack of logic in this position: surely if he used the Murdoch dirt as the Horishima to be followed by a Nagasaki if necessary, it would rather more plausibly demonstrate his scarey powers.
I retain my original view on this issue. I’m pro Wikileaks and anti Assange