Lapkin heard it through the grapevine

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.

One thought on “Lapkin heard it through the grapevine

  1. Robert Biggs

    I first met Lapkin at the world rowing chaamponships in ballarat, I think 2012

    At first it was all friendly, we were staying in his ‘wife’s’ place and he identified things about his past including as the EO of the USA chemical industry association or something like that and that he had been part of the force that invaded Lebanon under sharron – where a slaughter of 17,000 or so Palestinians occured and I believe sharron was convicted by his own country of crimes against humanity. In discussing the invasion of afghanistan by bush et al I stated that ‘people who were tall were being killed by sniper’. By this stage there was some aggression between us and we then checked that matter and identified the sourced reports. At which stage he defined the actions as legitimant collateral damage – the nastiest aggressive behaviour ( in front of my young son) ensured. I have never met a modern day fascist but I did that day …


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