The Pentagon is standing by and watching while the career of its nemesis, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, could be imploding.
Newsweek is saying that Wikileaks is furious at the way Assange has handled his recent sex scandal.
When two Swedish women complained that Assange had sexually assaulted them, he complained that it was all part of plot by the Pentagon to damage him.
Assange’s statements that he was warned to expect the smears by “Australian intelligence” were laughed at by the Aussie spooks. We guess Assange did not mean the agencies, just his own Australian intelligence, which he apparently thinks quite highly of.
However looking at the complaints, it appears that it is Assange’s attitude to women, rather than any spook’s influence that could be his undoing.
Assange’s 20-year-old estranged son, Daniel, thinks his dad’s claims about the alleged “dirty tricks” campaign are pants.
He wrote in a Facebook posting that Assange “does have a way of making a lot of female enemies”.
The Daily Mail has managed to get its paws on copies of the police statements made by the two women at the centre of the claims. These indicate that Assange had consensual sex with the women but was reported to police after he refused to use a condom or, later, take an STD test.
Anna Ardin allegedly let Assange stay in her one-bedroom flat in Stockholm where they had sex, but there was a problem with the condom – it had split. His response was to refuse to do anything about it or have an STD test.
The other case, which initially caused Swedish coppers to call for Assange’s arrest involved a complaint that Assange had sex with her without a condom, despite her insistence that he wear one.
All embarrassing but hardly the work of CIA spooks.
Newsweek claims that people affiliated with Wikileaks were already brainstorming whether there might be a way to persuade Assange to step down.
Wikileaks has a lot of support from European liberals, like Anna Ardin, who are identified with the left. Being seen having dodgy attitudes to women is not going to help Wikileaks’ cause much.
The problem is that Wikileaks set itself high standards in regards to exposing people. In doing so it set itself up to be exposed in the same way. While Wikileaks expects others to come clean and sort themselves out as a result of their exposure, it equally has to tidy up its own act.
Particularly if Assange is not the nicest of people to go on a date with.