Wikileaks appears to think that it can raise money on the basis that its ruler Julian Assange is a religious icon to many tin foil hat wearers.
The outfit is having an auction to raise money for its operations but among the pile of worthy sales is some interesting tat, which implies that Assange thinks he is important.
One of the items is £240 for a sachet of prison coffee nicked by Assange during his stay at his majesty’s pleasure.
Other items include a signed photograph of Assange, the WikiLeaks founder. The snap was taken at the front of Ellingham Hall where he has spent almost 300 days under house arrest, and the image was autographed at Assange’s 40th birthday party. “It is one of only four photos of Julian in the world that were signed on this occasion,” the bid adds. This snap is going for £640.
What is an alarming re-enforcement of Assange’s ego is that his laptop, which is described as having “led to hundreds of front pages and a causative element in ongoing political turmoil and reforms” has attracted a bid of £6,000.
Yep, you got it. Assange is pushing himself as a saint, whom the great unwashed will pay a fortune to touch such historically important relics.
In comparison, Winston Churchill’s Montblanc fountain pen was sold at auction for $24,400. However, that was a made from an 18 karat pink gold inlaid with tortoiseshell lacquer bands, with 53 diamonds.
Another Assange relic is prison coffee, smuggled out of Wandsworth Prison on 17 December 2010′. “On the other side of the sachet Julian has inked a fingerprint. The sachet is unopened.”
Wikileaks is apparently trying to raise money after its activities have been scuppered by a financial services embargo.
However, the outfit is increasingly leading critics to complain that the organisation has become unduly interested in promoting Assange as the saviour of western democracy.
On the more positive side, the eBay auction is offering a print of the directive in which Hillary Clinton asked US officials to spy on the UN, which is a little more like it.
Vivienne Westwood is offering two tickets to her Paris fashion show later this month for £8,000. Chef Sarah Saunders will cook dinner at your home for £800. And John Pilger, the filmmaker, has contributed a signed movie poster, currently going for £420.