Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for over five years, and now there is a renewed push to get him out – and not for reasons you might expect.
From the International Business Times:
A “well-placed” source told The Times that embassy staff have repeatedly complained about Assange’s poor hygiene…
“It seems he doesn’t wash properly,” the source, who has visited Assange at the embassy, told The Times…
Jérémie Zimmermann, a friend and former colleague of Assange, wrote in 2012 that “unless the people around him force him into the shower, he might not change his clothes for days”.
One of Assange’s closest aides, Daniel Domscheit-Berg noted: “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.”
Ecuador may grant Julian Assange diplomatic immunity just to get rid of him
Ol’ Greasy Pants was recently granted Ecuadorian citizenship, hoping it will allow him to leave the embassy without fear of being arrested by authorities in the UK and possibly extradited to the United States for leaking classified documents online. British authorities say that, regardless of his change citizenship he’s still at risk of being taken into custody for skipping bail. Ecuador is trying to negotiate giving him diplomatic immunity, but the Brits aren’t willing to broach that prospect. Perhaps that will change when they get a whiff of the guy and decide he should be someone else’s problem.
One is left to wonder whether the Assange stench is merely bad manners or, in fact, a deliberate strategy to throw the Americans off the scent, so to speak. There’s also no word on whether his habits are attributable to his newfound homeland’s potential status as a presidentially designated “s***hole,” but there’s no question he’s hygienically suited for this particular moment.
(Photo of Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and Julian Assange offered a press conference with the presence of international media London (United Kingdom), August 18, 2014 by David G Silvers)