The extensive team of quirky internet experts at Reddit are pretty positive they’ve discovered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s old OKCupid dating profile. It looks shockingly legitimate. Under the name HarryHarrison, three pictures of Assange accompany an extensive profile, last accessed by the user in 2006. Assange’s location is listed as Melbourne, Australia, his age a seemingly incorrect 36 and his sexual preference as straight. There is much, much more.
Assange’s “self-summary,” in its entirety, sounds spot-on for a burgeoning revolutionary/egomaniac:
WARNING: Want a regular, down to earth guy? Keep moving. I am not the droid you’re looking for. Save us both while you still can.
Passionate, and often pig headed activist intellectual seeks siren for love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy.
Such a woman should spirited and playful, of high intelligence, though not necessarily formally educated, have spunk, class & inner strength and be able to think strategically about the world and the people she cares about.
I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil. Western culture seems to forge women that are valueless and inane. OK. Not only women!
Although I am pretty intellectually and physically pugnacious I am very protective of women and children.
I am DANGER, ACHTUNG, and ??????????????!
Asked what he’s doing with his life, the Assange profile describes “a consuming, dangerous human rights project which is, as you might expect, male dominated. Variously professionally involved in international journalism/books, documentaries, cryptography, intelligence agencies, civil rights, political activism, white collar crime and the internet.”
When prompted to explain how he spends his time, Assange is similarly grandiose:
Changing the world through passion, inspiration and trickery. Travel (33 countries). Structure of reality. Birth and death of the universe (physics background) Ontology. Chopping up human brains (neuroscience background)
In conclusion, he warns: “Do not write to me if you are timid. I am too busy. Write to me if you are brave.”
There’s also this:
I have asian teengirl stalkers. Hello.
But is it real? Barring some expert fan fiction writing and hacking, yes it probably is. If the profile was indeed last accessed in 2006, it seems far too early in Assange’s ascent for anyone to be creating a fake profile, except maybe close and playful friends, which Assange doesn’t seem to have. Existence of the profile seems to have been first noted at this random Blogspot on Saturday (h/t Hunter Walker) and since, Reddit members have been obsessively looking for evidence to support its authenticity.
On the choice of HarryHarrison as a moniker, one user writes:
The most interesting thing is the choice of user name. When I saw it I jumped up and grabbed a book off the bookshelf. Harry Harrison is a scifi writer that was popular in the ’70s and ’80s for his Stainless Steel Rat character. The SSR was an intergalactic criminal mastermind with a conscious who was too smart to get caught. It’s been decades since I’ve read any of this stuff, but I may have to wave my current ban on fiction to reacquaint myself with the stories. I can instantly see why Assange would choose such a moniker.
“…We must be as stealthy as rats in the wainscoting of their society. It was easier in the old days, of course, and society had more rats when the rules were looser, just as old wooden buildings have more rats than concrete buildings. But there are rats in the building now as well. Now that society is all ferrocrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps in the joints. It takes a very smart rat indeed to find these openings. Only a stainless steel rat can be at home in this environment…”
More updates as this internet mystery plays out.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 12, 2010