WikiLeaks rebukes allegation that Assange complained of ‘Jewish conspiracy’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 17:09 EDT
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Secrets outlet WikiLeaks was on the defensive Tuesday after a British publication claimed that founder Julian Assange had complained of a “Jewish conspiracy” to smear his organization.

That claim, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop recalled, came directly from a phone call with Assange himself — and the allegation’s level of specifity was seemingly enough to trigger a lengthy response from the site.

In the latest issue of British current affairs magazine Private Eye, editor Ian Hislop details a Feb. 16 call from the WikiLeaks founder. Assange had phoned to complain about a report in the previous month’s magazine that claimed that a WikiLeaks associate in Russia, Israel Shamir, was a Holocaust denier.

He allegedly called the report “crap,” but admitted that he had not read it.

“The piece was an obvious attempt to deprive him and his organization of Jewish support and donations, he said angrily, and he knew perfectly well who had written it,” Hislop recalled.

Assange went on to say that the British newspaper The Guardian was orchestrating a conspiracy against his organization. He specifically called out “journalist David Leigh, editor Alan Rusbridger and John Kampfner… all of whom ‘are Jewish.’”

Hislop claimed he then explained to Assange that Rusbridger was, in fact, not Jewish.

“When I doubted that the Jewish conspiracy would stand up to the facts, Assange suddenly conceded the point,” Hislop added.

“Forget the Jewish thing,” Assange reportedly said.

In a statement issued via Twitter Tuesday, WikiLeaks denied Hislop’s claims.

“Hislop has distorted, invented or misremembered almost every significant claim and phrase,” he said. “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.”

“Because WikiLeaks has some Jewish staff and enjoys wide spread Jewish support, its staff have frequently been smeared by its opponents, political or competitive, as being agents of the Mossad or of George Soros. These smears are completely false,” the statement added.

Read the entire Private Eye report here.

Read WikiLeaks’ statement here.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • http://twitter.com/leetmeatgolem leetmeatgolem

    First he’s accused of rape, then he’s pegged as an anti-Semite. Either Julian Assange is starting to be the most resentful person alive or there is quite possibly a large government conspiracy to ruin his reputation at work.

  • http://twitter.com/jamesfwild james fingleton wild

    Hislop waits two weeks to publish his article. Two weeks sitting on dynamite? I can not believe any journalist with this story would not get in print as soon as he could. Hislop did not spend those two weeks polishing the piece for it is a hack’s hack. Smear and public disassociation by contempt is the name of the MSM ‘s game. There is a conspiracy against Mr Assange just read HBGary’s attack plan, about getting journalists to write against him.

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

    When you drop the flashlight,you have to fumble around in the dark.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone that speaks against Assange and Wikileaks, are traitors to the human race. They are against freedom, truth, and life, and for that should be labeled such. And of course, don’t forget their lies.

  • mick

    Funny how Assange doesn’t release any negative info on Israel and Al jazeera released the Palestinian Paper.
    Assange should stop “controlling” the message and release all info he has …on every subject …we seem to be at the mercy of Assanges agenda …just another controlled media !

  • Anonymous

    You mean like the one that launched a secret campaign to use COINTELPRO tactics against Wikileaks and its supporters including American journalists and Anonymous? Nah…