Ted Lapkin displays intellectual dishonesty and poor journalism in “Assange’s anti-Semitic friend” (The Australian, 4/3). He alleges that Assange himself is anti-Semitic on the basis of a telephone conversation reported by hostile journalist Ian Hislop and angrily denied by Assange.
Lapkin presents this second-hand report as fact without sourcing it or noting the denial, which included this: “Hislop has distorted, invented or misremembered almost every significant claim and phrase. In particular, ‘Jewish conspiracy’ is completely false, in spirit and in word…We treasure our strong Jewish support and staff…who share our hope for a just world.” Hardly the words of an anti-Semite.
It is a measure of authoritarian desperation that they must resort to low personal smears, having clearly lost the substantive debate on the leaks themselves and the subsequent U.S. black-ops to avenge them.