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This Is What Happened When I Tried To Find Out Where Julian Assange's Cat Went

Note to self: don't ask questions WikiLeaks doesn't like.

We now know that Julian Assange’s cat, who lived with him in the Ecuadorian embassy for a time, is safe and being looked after, but we didn’t know this when I asked about it late last month. And I didn’t know that asking about it would result in the ‘Defend Assange Campaign’ getting in touch.

But before we get to that, an update on the cat is in order. WikiLeaks posted the below video of the cat watching Assange on the news, saying that the cat was removed from the embassy in October following “embassy threats”.

Those threats were presumably that the embassy would confiscate the cat if Assange didn’t properly look after the cat’s “wellbeing, food and hygiene”.

The update from WikiLeaks follows the huge number of enquiries that were made after the cat’s wellbeing following Assange’s arrest, because people love cats, and love for cats transcends all political differences.

 

 

As a cat lover myself, I found myself wondering how Assange’s cat was doing late last month, as can happen when the mind wanders. So I tweeted “Does anyone know if Assange’s cat is still alive?”, which, in hindsight, wasn’t the best phrasing, but I was struck by an immediate and all-encompassing wave of concern for the cat, and I was anxious.

I quickly deleted my tweet, but not quickly enough, because I soon had the ‘Defend Assange Campaign’ in my DMs, sending me strange links full of legal documents that, as far as I could tell, had nothing to do with the cat.

They opened by asking if I was working on a story about Assange’s cat (I wasn’t), and directed me to several pages, including one titled ‘False statements and defamations regarding Julian Assange and WikiLeaks‘, which included a list of the “most common defamations” made against Assange and WikiLeaks.

They highlighted the part they really wanted me to see, which was #9.28:

“It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange has ever neglected an animal or ever tortured a cat or dog.”

They went on to highlight other ‘common defamations’ regarding Assange and his cat for me:

“It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange filed a lawsuit or any other measure against Ecuador over his pet cat, laundry or cleaning [in fact, his cat is not at the embassy since before the protection case was even filed.

It is false and defamatory to suggest that Ecuador suggested that Julian Assange did not look after his cat or asked him to improve his care of it.”

How they got all of those alleged defamations from ‘is Assange’s cat still alive’, I don’t know, but when I asked if all of this legalese was designed to intimidate me, they said:

“They’re designed to assist the accurate and honourable and to put the inaccurate and dishonourable on notice.”

Ominous as hell.

And through all of that, they didn’t even tell me if the cat was okay, another Assange supporter did:

https://twitter.com/catherinebouris/status/1108264768438190082

The ‘Defend Assange Campaign’ describes itself as an “account run by the legal campaign to free Julian Assange”, but when I asked which legal professionals were behind the account, I received no response.

According to their website, the campaign is run by The Courage Foundation, which counts amongst its advisory board members Russian activists Pussy Riot.

I’m no closer to understanding why a simple question about a cat’s wellbeing warranted a barrage of messages alluding to potential violations of defamation law, but at least I know the cat’s okay.

Everyone Wants Their Cat To Have Superpowers Thanks To Captain Marvel

Goose is an inspiration to cats everywhere.

South Korean Twitter users are celebrating Captain Marvel‘s furriest character in the best way possible: by using Photoshop.

If you’ve already seen Captain Marvel, you’ll understand why these users are in love with Goose, and if you haven’t, go and watch it and then come back and read this so you can join the rest of us in the Goose Fan Club. I’ll wait.

How good was that? And how good was Goose? He deserves an Oscar, tbh.

Anyway, a bunch of people in South Korea obviously agree with me, which is why the hashtag for Goose, #캡틴마블_우리집구스, was trending yesterday.

The hashtag is filled with people Photoshopping their own cats onto Goose’s movie poster, and the results are beautiful.

https://twitter.com/wtIdreamedtoday/status/1104351693347536897

People are even expanding to include other animals like dogs and parrots, even though they aren’t Flerkens, but just regular dogs and parrots, which is fine, but not quite as exciting.

https://twitter.com/ManuBlinkVIP/status/1104446582500536320

Naturally, someone also photoshopped an actual goose onto the poster.

Pure purrfection.

Pamela Anderson Speaks To 60 Minutes About Her 'Romantic Struggle' With Julian Assange

It's not the kind of struggle you're thinking of.

Last night, Pamela Anderson appeared on 60 Minutes to talk about many things, including Julian Assange, and frankly, she told us more than we needed to know about her relationship with the WikiLeaks founder.

When she wasn’t sipping vegan champagne with reporter Liam Bartlett, she was calling upon Prime Minister Scott Morrison to assist Assange. When asked if she had a message for the Prime Minister, Anderson said:

“Defend your friend and get Julian his passport back and take him back to Australia and be proud of him and throw him a parade when he gets home.”

Yeah… probably not, hey.

She confirmed that she is currently dating French footballer Adil Rami, but described her relationship with Assange as a “romantic struggle to educate the world”.

She explained that she wanted to meet him because she “wanted to ask him how to be a more effective activist”, and described him as “one of the most important people in the world”.

She said that she visits Assange whenever she’s in London, but that she hasn’t been able to see him for months, so he’s “probably missing [her] vegan hamburgers”. Mmm, who wouldn’t be?

She also said that she identifies as a feminist, but thinks “third-wave feminism is a bore” and added “I think this Me Too movement is a bit too much for me, I’m sorry”. She also seemed to place some of the blame on Harvey Weinstein’s victims, saying:

“My mother taught me don’t go to a hotel with a stranger. If someone answers the door in a bathrobe and it’s supposed to be a business meeting, maybe I should go with somebody else.”

This would explain her support for Assange despite the fact that he’s facing sexual assault charges in Sweden, I guess.

All in all, it was an incredibly bizarre interview, but at least we now know more about Anderson and Assange’s romantic struggle, because who among us wasn’t dying to know?

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