Daniel Domscheit-Berg, author of the new book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, has such a psychologically complex relationship with his ex-boss, Julian Assange, that one might not be totally out of line to guess that he’s in love with the guy, somewhere beneath the hate and rejection. Based solely on excerpts, we know that Domscheit-Berg watched Assange abuse a cat and brag about his illegitimate children, while the two men worked together to expose government secrets with WikiLeaks, a venture Domscheit-Berg believed in so much he tattooed its logo on his body. But since their split, Domscheit-Berg keeps piling on the gossip.
At Forbes, Kashmir Hill has compiled a list of “Ten Things You Should Know Before Moving In With Julian Assange.” The funniest parts, all taken from Inside WikiLeaks, have to do with the divide between Assange’s cleanliness and desire to be seen as suave, which we’ve touched on before: New York Times editor Bill Keller called him smelly, but he had an extensive OK Cupid dating profile.
Domscheit-Berg has more on these issues, as he writes about Assange’s eating habits:
Whenever I cooked, the food would not… end up being shared equally between us… If there were four slices of SPAM, he would eat three and leave one for me if I was too slow.”
And when he was done?
“Julian ate everything with his hands and he always wiped his fingers on his pants. I have never seen pants as greasy as his in my whole life.”
But that doesn’t mean he’s not the ladies man he’s rumored to be. On the dancefloor, for instance, Assange was an alpha-male, much to Domscheit-Berg’s disappointment:
“Julian took up a lot of space when he danced — almost like a tribesman performing some kind of ritual. He’d spread his arms and gallop across the dance floor, taking huge steps. He didn’t look very rhythmic or coordinated, and he didn’t seem to have that much feeling for the music, but he did possess a certain cool. He didn’t care what other people thought of him. You need space, he once told me, for your ego to flow.”
Hill has many more tidbits, which add to a complicated portrait of a man who may very well be a revolutionary whistle-blower, as seen by his subordinate, who is simultaneously put off by Assange’s quirks, while also being obsessed enough to chronicle and immortalize them in book form. While the juicy details are the ones that get passed around online, maybe the insight is actually in the pages. Order the book here for answers.