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    Julian Assange 'Jewish conspiracy' comments spark row

    Julian Assange 'Jewish conspiracy' comments spark rowIan Hislop writes in Private Eye that Assange accused him, the Guardian and Index on Censorship, before withdrawing claim


    Share408 Ben Quinn guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 1 March 2011 22.22 GMT Article history
    Julian Assange has alleged conspiracy by journalists. Photograph: Rex Features

    Julian Assange has blamed a number of journalists for a "Jewish" conspiracy against his whistleblowing website, WikiLeaks, according to the editor of Private Eye, Ian Hislop.

    In the latest issue of the satirical magazine, Hislop writes that Assange called him on 16 February to complain about an article on Israel Shamir, a WikiLeaks associate in Russia who has denied the Holocaust and has published a string of antisemitic articles.

    "He said that I and Private Eye should be ashamed of ourselves for joining in the international conspiracy to smear WikiLeaks," Hislop writes. "The piece was an obvious attempt to deprive him and his organisation of Jewish support and donations, he said angrily, and he knew perfectly well who had written it. He then named a Fleet Street hack who had nothing to do with it."

    Hislop adds that Assange went on to claim that Private Eye was "part of a conspiracy led by the Guardian which included journalist David Leigh, editor Alan Rusbridger and John Kampfner from Index on Censorship all of whom 'are Jewish'".

    "I pointed out that Rusbridger is not actually Jewish, but Assange insisted that he was 'sort of Jewish' because he was related to David Leigh (they are brothers-in-law)," writes Hislop.
    Ironically, a little while ago some people were claiming Wikileaks was part of a Jewish conspiracy because the documents it was publishing were not especially damaging to Israel but were thought to be somewhat damaging to some Arab regimes.

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    Re: Julian Assange 'Jewish conspiracy' comments spark row

    It is a he-said she-said situation, and I couldn't personally vouch for the character of either man, but Hislop is a tabloid journalist who has lost numerous libel cases in court. I am not prepared to take someone legally determined to a be liar at his word and thus I will give Assange the benefit of the doubt until more solid evidence surfaces

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