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Assange abused my cat, WikiLeaks insider says

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, February 10, 2011 17:52 EDT
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BERLIN — Daniel Domscheit-Berg accuses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of many things in his book presented Thursday, but perhaps the oddest allegation is that he abused the former insider’s cat.

“Julian was constantly battling for dominance, even with my tomcat Herr Schmitt,” Domscheit-Berg says in his book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website.”

“Ever since Julian lived with me in Wiesbaden he (the cat) has suffered from psychosis. Julian would constantly attack the animal. He would spread out his fingers like a fork and grab the cat’s throat.”

The “mad Australian” did not always come off best during his stay in 2009, however, with Herr Schmitt sometimes managing to “dispatch Julian with a quick swipe of the paw.”

“It must have been a nightmare for the tomcat,” he said in the German-language version of the book, due to be published in more than a dozen countries from Friday.

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  • Anonymous

    ROFL! Can’t wait till the little old ladies and Boy Scouts come out with accusations of abuse from Assange. What a circus, what a circus!

  • Anonymous

    This is beyond the beyond. Has Ellen been notified?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5Z4JRNXBCO4ZYSUY3WGC3S554I nathan

    slander

  • Anonymous

    He gave my puppy dog the bad eye . . .

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    such an obvious tactic to cash in

    and fo course discredit

    I wonder who paid for this book?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    I think the question is who paid him to write the book? How did he get it written and published so fast?

  • Anonymous

    They should have called this piece: “Geeks At War!”

  • Red Raleigh

    How dare that Assange. Is there NOTHING he will stoop to in order to maintain his evil control over everything?? Another arrest warrant should be immediately issued for playing to hard with Mr. Dumbshit-Berg’s cat.

  • http://madisonleathersmith.com leathersmith

    he turned me into a newt!

  • Anonymous

    drummers and herbalists are dangerous! don’t mess with those cats!

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    He let him do this to his cat? He could have contacted PETA instead of letting him do it.

  • http://twitter.com/Currie_writes Currie Jean

    … When’s Dan going to get better?

  • http://twitter.com/Currie_writes Currie Jean

    oh, lol.

    “… with Herr Schmitt sometimes managing to ‘dispatch Julian with a quick swipe of the paw.’ ”

    If a cat is *able* to do that, it’s called *play.* This book is going to be hilarious.

  • http://twitter.com/Currie_writes Currie Jean

    You did not just say ‘dumbshit berg.’ Tell me you did not. How am I going to say his name properly ever again? Can not unread!

  • Red Raleigh

    Sorry. I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em.

  • Knot

    Nothing sells seats like a pussy soap opera.

  • Dolmance

    I can just picture a bunch of CIA dweebs having a bull session on different ways to make people hate this guy. Probably figured they could fabricate, “animal abuse” on top of his being a “rapist.”

    These are dirty tricks from dirty people.

  • http://twitter.com/Currie_writes Currie Jean

    Aggh! You said the word!

  • Anonymous

    Assange needs to TOUCH ME with some more documents, with some SUBSTANCE, please!

  • hegesias

    I hate cats.

  • hegesias

    You’re a fucking idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Ignorant anti-semitism masquerading as what — wit??
    Well, guess again. It’s not funny.

    This guy may be ridiculous but it doesn’t have anything
    to do with his possibly being Jewish — as if you even know
    whether he is or not. Anti-semites usually know a lot less
    about Jews than they think they do.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6SRHE4DGXV6AIXDSTVU75ONUTM Wendy

    If this is true, which I have to question, why in the hell would this guy let him stay there and continue to do that to his cat? He’s a very shitty pet-owner if that’s the case. I have asked a visitor or two to leave my apt when they’ve done something ignorant to one of my animals- animals rely on you for their well-being, they can’t really protect themselves that well from people when it comes down to it. If somebody that lived with me was tormenting my pet(s), they would be out the door, the end.

  • Jaimie11

    berg is a German word meaning mountain. People with Berg used as a surname are mostly German, non-Jewish.

    You ralphie are an ignorant slut.

  • Anonymous

    disinfo meant to influence 4chan/anon. ;)

  • P Matthews

    McLean, Virginia — This person seems to portray the character of a two-bit wannabee …

  • Guest

    I heard he kicks puppies too.

  • BrainRagYell

    Well writ, Jaimie.

  • Anonymous

    If it was a dog I’d be pissed.

  • Anonymous

    Well lady, excuse me, well, Jack Wagon, if this is your cat, I’m protecting myself.

    http://www.mouseandthebillionaire.com/images/catGun.jpg

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    At least you recognize that you are a fool. That’s the first step toward recovery.

  • Anonymous

    Former 3rd grade classmates: “He dipped my ponytail in the inkwell” “He smeared boogers under his desk” He will effectively lose all credibility in my mind if i find out he hangs toilet paper rolls to unroll from the back!

  • Hassan i Sabbah

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  • Anonymous

    So, a lot of guys have mistreated some pussy in their time.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I’m still trying to figure out how you tell a cat is psychotic (as opposed to acting like a cat).

  • Anonymous

    He terrorized my goldfish. He constantly showed the fish a fish hook which he incessantly waved in front of the bowl.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I didn’t even notice that. Now *I* will never say that name properly again. ;-)

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    The whole thing does smell of NSA gym socks and CIA jock straps.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Not to mention giving my pet Nile monitor the evil eye. Perhaps we should see if he weighs as much as a witch.

  • Anonymous

    The more pathetic accusations I hear about this book by Dumb-shit the more transparent this loser is.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Rumor has it he’s been having pseudo-lesbian sex with Ellen. It must be true. It was in the National Huffington.

  • Anonymous

    Like the British family that was named Battenburg or Battenberg, but they changed it to Mountbatten probably around WW I.

  • Anonymous
  • http://twitter.com/Currie_writes Currie Jean

    Projection. Trust me, I have three. They’re all Forever Alone.

  • http://twitter.com/Currie_writes Currie Jean

    Still, if we apply Occam, he could merely be competitive, disgruntled and vengeful.

  • Gert B Frobe

    He was simply looking for the G-SPOT

  • Anonymous

    You are an idiot.

  • Guest

    Hmm, didn’t “Anonymous” just reveal that creepy security firm’s emails urging this kind of disinformation campaign, with personal attacks against Assange at the top of the list? You know, the same one where they drummed up ways to go after Glenn Greenwald too?

    Maybe Assange was cruel towards Herr Schmidt. Not everyone likes every pussy. I love cats. Assange obviously doesn’t. Maybe he looked in its eyes and thought he saw Dick Cheney.

    That doesn’t invalidate the importance of Wikileaks, though.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    …and out to make a buck off of a hot issue. The question is whether he’s making any extra bucks from our 3-letter overlords. One wonders how much money he’d be making if he took the other side.

    I’ll get around to reading your atheist material at some point. My current approach is basically chronological:

    http://neros.lordbalto.com/Contents.htm

  • Anonymous

    That’s the cat’s name–Herr Schmitt?

    I’m laughing right now like Shotgun Red.

  • Anonymous

    My fish is suddenly swimming upside down…

  • http://twitter.com/Currie_writes Currie Jean

    Yeah, and if he’s willing to betray just to make a buck, why wouldn’t he let a government influence that covertly? I can see it, but then hidden personal codes of ethics can be very unpredictable.

    And hey, atheist stuff! TBH, mine’s not particularly special. You’ve got a lot of reading to do.

  • Guest

    Omg…he’s a cat abuser too!

  • http://disintermedia8.wordpress.com/ FlatBaroque

    Yes ladies and gentlemen it’s time for another round of Identify The Tactic

    * Feed the fuel between the feuding groups. Disinformation. Create messages around actions to sabotage or discredit the opposing organization. Submit fake documents and then call out the error.
    * Create concern over the security of the infrastructure. Create exposure stories. If the process is believed to not be secure they are done.
    * Cyber attacks against the infrastructure to get data on document submitters. This would will the project. Since the servers are now in Sweden and France putting a team together to get access is more straightforward.
    * Media campaign to push the radical and reckless nature of wikileaks activities. Sustained pressure. Does nothing for the fanatics, but creates concern and doubt amongst moderates.
    * Search for leaks. Use social media to profile and identify risky behavior of employees.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/InfinitudeTortoises* An Infinitude of Tortoises

    He took my shoe!!!

  • http://disintermedia8.wordpress.com/ FlatBaroque

    Former roommate declares: “Julian rarely replaced the toothpaste cap”.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure it was “tormenting,” even if we accept the accusation as true. Julian spread his fingers like scissors around the cat’s neck? You can’t choke a cat that way. It’s unimaginable. The cat swiped back? Well, maybe Julian was playing with the cat. I’d like to read a better description before I conclude that Julian was mean to the cat. Besides, the whole thing is irrelevant to Julian’s role as a whistle blower, where he has done a magnificent job. Nothing can take that away from him, including putative “cruelty” to animals and women.

  • Anonymous

    and left the toilet seat up

  • Tom

    “It must have been a nightmare for the tomcat,” said Domscheit-Berg.

    Confucius say: “Man who try to read cat’s mind, only have pussy on brain”.

    And that could get Domscheit-Berg into some serious trouble in Sweden…

  • Anonymous

    He didn’t rinse out the tub/shower.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    The green-eyed monster seems to follow Assange. O, leaving the cap off the toothpaste? Easy solution…..get your own tube.ANd now kitty problems. This must be some book. How old is this guy, anyway?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    Duh DUh DUUUUUUUUH…….

  • Anonymous

    Let me get this straight. Here’s a guy (Assange) who has single-handedly (almost) turned governments around the world on their head and done more to promote a “free” press than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg, and all the opposition can dig up on him is his “reluctance” to use a condom (allegedly) and his dislike for a nasty-behaving tomcat (I have one too and sometimes he’s an asshole), Is that about it? When the hell is the story going to be about the revelations he has made possible, and not some stupid-ass story such as this?

  • ToyotaBedZRock

    Is this an attempt at making Anonymous dislike him? Or has the writer partly lost it?

    Some cats like to play rough, have you ever watched an entire litter grow up together, they really go at it just for fun.

    Don’t get me wrong I love my cats, and people who hurt cats are evil, but I also know I misinterpret how someone is acting toward my cat sometimes and it sounds like this is similar.

  • Anonymous

    NOWHERE in these quotes is the word “abuse”. The guy is just trying to give Assange a bit of characterization with an amusing anecdote! Damn media hype…

  • Elim

    A lot of people hate cats. So what. What’s important is if he was torturing and killing small animals for pleasure when he was an adolescent.

    Just wait. That accusation is coming.

  • Anonymous

    If you want more hits to your site – I’d say this one isn’t the way to go.
    Personally I see more importance in 9/11 being an inside job.
    http://www.ae911truth.org/
    Feel free to research it.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Like – anyone else wonder how gravity caused all the smoke in the little pic above
    there ? – that type of thing ?
    And , like, so, I’m going to go “against the tribe” , the MSM, people, etc,and say –
    Hey ? What about Physics ?

    http://911physicstruth.wetpaint.com/

  • Anonymous

    What a sad thought..two grown men living together, computing, and one guy’s “Herr Cat” gets hurt by the other guy. I thought Julie was good with women.

  • David R Velasquez

    Sounds like Herr Dumbshite is exaggerating in order to cash in.
    Otherwise his book would be about him and Julian………….. sitting around………. at their computers………….. alot.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PF4BRQDF4633RPXV5TPFG7KV7Y LarryM

    dumb or stupid…

  • Anonymous

    So far the best the anti-Assange people can do is consensual sex with two women and playing ‘Who’s the boss?’ with a tomcat. WOW!! What an evil guy this Assange chap is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Assange became an informant 20 years ago…is he still?

  • Anonymous

    It was flouride in the water that brought down the towers.

  • Anonymous

    When jet fuel burns it smokes. OH! WAIT!
    I see what your saying: Gravity should have pulled the smoke DOWN . . . very interesting.

  • Anonymous

    i had no idea playing with my cat as if i were another cat was considered abuse. probably because that is complete brain-dead horse-shit.

    maybe the psychosis was caused by the fact that after Julian left this douchebag never played with his cat again and now its turned into a sad little vegetable?

    and besides that… this is by far the stupidest thing i have.. well maybe not the stupidest…. but seriously.. this is fucking stupid.

  • I. M. Agoste

    How does one battle for dominance with a cat? Everyone knows cats rule, period.

  • Anonymous

    its called “playing”… im guessing Daniel Douche-Bag is one of those people who thinks cats are just an “accessory pet” that you dont have to treat like a thinking, feeling being.

  • Anonymous

    Another rape charge?
    Julian really has to do something obout his sex appetite.
    I thought the two girls were lying. Cats don’t lie right?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    Who is this Daniel Douchebag -Berg ?

  • Anonymous

    exactly

  • Dirk

    A cat won’t let a human “constantly” attack it. It will run and hide when the abuser approaches.
    (I don’t abuse cats — I had a stray once who bailed whenever it saw another cat.)

  • Anonymous

    As a structural engineer for 45 years, I have to say that the video and crackpot conspiracy theory is a crock of shit. Just my opinion, of course.

  • cannotvote

    I’ve had cats, many – if they don’t like you they stay away from you!

  • Anonymous

    Cat Lady?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Wow, what a load of crap. If there was ever a load of crap, then THIS is that load of crap. Cat crap.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, I’m all for the old addage “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story,”
    but look, buddy……
    You need a good story first. “Julian hates my cat for it’s freedom” would have worked better.

  • Jaimie11

    Yes, a change produced by anti-German sentiment. But I hope you are not implying that the Mountbattens are Jewish, OldMayFly.

  • Anonymous

    Julian Assange teases a cat! What a villain! String him up! Duhbaya and Obomber and The Dick et al. torture and kill innocent people – yawn. The U$ has become, in the immortal words of William Shakespeare, “a cistern for foul toads”!

  • Jaimie11

    Assange is not perfect – it would not be wise to make a god out of a hero. All heroes have faults as all humans do.

    “The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.” – - – - Nietzsche

  • Javaman

    “he, he also clipped my toe nails when I didn’t ask him to, and he cooked eggs at night! And he reads the newspaper from back to front!!!”

    who. the. fuck. cares.

    just release the wikileaks.

    if Assange whats all this to go away, release some truly fat information.

  • Anonymous

    Once is a mistake. Twice is a coincidence. But three time is an aberration! Julian Assange can’t play nice around pussies!

  • Anonymous

    OMG! call interpol! We need to extradite him to Germany.

  • http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/mhenriday/ M Henri Day

    I presume that, in contrast to Mr Assange, Herr Domscheit-Berg no longer battles Herr Schmidt for dominance ; the latter seems to have won completely. Or was the winner of the struggle for dominance in the Domscheit-Berg home rather the CIA ?…

    Henri

  • MNUSA

    There’s something really, really wrong with someone who’d torment a kitty or any other being. I support the mission of Wikileaks, but Assange is sounding more and more like he has severe issues. Hitler hated cats, too, while Hemingway and Twain loved and adored them. Cats are excellent judges of character.

  • MNUSA

    People who tease have a mean streak. Teasing is cruel and a way of exerting power and control over someone else.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, well, in that case, lock the mean old man up, throw away the key! Better yet, off the SOB!

  • ladygeek

    You have to be kidding. I have had cats for years and years. When they want attention, they have no inhibition about making you pay it out!! I don’t know why that is called “teasing”. It’s really called “play fighting”. That’s what cats do in the middle of the night on your bed.

  • ladygeek

    It’s not unusual for stray or feral cats to hide because they’ve had very little human interaction. I volunteer occasionally for a local cat adoption organization. Both of my cats were adopted. I had to have one put to sleep in October last year because she had terminal cancer. It took everything out of me to stay with her until the end. She was only 4 years old. After a couple of months, I adopted a kitten who’s now the alpha kitten with a 4 yo alpha cat. It gets funny quite often.

  • antiM

    kittens are loved by all, yet that is a petty and odd accusation. was he playing with the cat? some cats do like “batting” or playing. he doesn’t quite say that he harmed the cat, just implies something nebulous and negative.

  • Anonymous

    Well, then everything makes sense. Obviously if Assange is a cat abuser, then the Wikileaks information must all be untrue. Something else that I probably should look away from because there is nothing to see before they sweep it under the rug?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HW44DYY76YOWMV3MUP3FZHOKR4 bluep

    I just tried that on two of my cats. They liked it — they thought I was scritching them under their ears (one of their favorite spots to get rubbed) — which I was. Sometimes my cats make me do things like that with them and won’t give up until I do. If they didn’t like it I’d be lucky to get my hand back intact.

  • Anonymous

    More trivial, and probably untrue or exaggerated, BUNK.

    Assange’s enemies are trying every tactic in the book to try to hurt him.

    Obvious much??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    That´s good…..that´s real good! Funny as hell.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    Doubt that Assange is responsible for Herr schmitt´s psychoses and schizophrenia……Herr Dumber-Berg should stop those extra catnip balls that he uses to serene herr schmitt´s natural feline behavior…..yeah, that should let Julian off the hook.

  • Anonymous

    Good grief, what is this rubbish? Julian Assange abused my cat? Dude, you’re right there in the house with the guy and the cat. What are you, some kind of a spineless wimp? If anybody touched my cat in an unacceptable manner in my presence, they would only do it once, because the second time they tried they’d be sailing out the nearest door or window arse over teakettle. Apparently, the cat had more guts than this nitwit did, since he purportedly managed to let Assange know the behaviour was unacceptable.

  • Anonymous

    Um, judging from Assange’s not-exactly-stunningly-rock-hard-physique, he could have contacted Dumbshit-Berg’s palm to the face, instead of letting him do it.

  • Anonymous

    That book LIES! OK, it doesn’t. But anybody who lives around cats and *doesn’t* believe they have an ongoing psychotic break with reality is seriously, uh, suffering an ongoing psychotic break with reality.

  • Anonymous

    Judging from your av, that’s the voice of experience speaking. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    And makes faces at lizards. True! I heard this from my cousin’s sister-in-law’s friend’s Mom’s customer’s neighbour’s granddaughter’s boyfriend, who saw it with HIS OWN EYES!

  • Anonymous

    Man, you have a WICKED habit of cracking me up. Usually while I’m drinking something splortable.

  • Anonymous

    Besides, the sneaky little fuckers have LONG memories, and just because you win one battle with them doesn’t mean they won’t piss in your shoes a month later, or barf on your fresh laundry, or lie in wait in the wee hours to rush across your path as you’re traversing the stairs, or … never mind. Just ask me how I know.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. OTOH, if YOU don’t like THEM, they pretty much zero in on you and take a really perverse delight in rubbing up against you and twining around your ankles. I’m betting if the cat didn’t flee immediately upon sight, then it was quite enjoying the little game with Assange. Mine are quite capable of letting people know exactly what they will tolerate.

  • Anonymous

    And when they don’t want anything to do with you, they’re quite capable of mysteriously disappearing and refusing to show up for hours. One of ours once got it into her head that she didn’t like the new house we had moved to. She was gone for about a day. We know she couldn’t possibly have left the house, since every door and window was securely locked. And she reappeared within 24 hours, inside the house, which we had torn apart from top to bottom in our search. Cats are not like dogs, in that they will not tolerate certain behaviours. They won’t put up with ill-treatment just for a treat or a bite of food.

  • Anonymous

    Some cats, especially toms, prefer roughhousing to lapsitting. One of mine tolerates petting by the nice ladies, but when he wants a *really* good time, makes a beeline for the nearest man present and loves being held upside down, swung around, having his shoulders pummelled, and generally acting like the two of us are in the wrestling ring.

  • antiM

    i totally agree.

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