Ah, Julian Assange. He’s back in the news again. More about his romantic life, unfortunately. By now, most of us now about his OK Cupid profile. Many of us are also privy to the alarmingly creepy string of emails he sent an uninterested teenage girl back in 2004. And, of course, there’s the Swedish rape allegations he’s currently battling.
So I suppose it should come as no surprise that we are once again subjected to news pertaining to this strange man’s private life. Multiple sources are alleging that Assange has fathered at least four love children. What’s more, he often boasts about his procreative accomplishments despite the fact that most would agree fathering, then abandoning a child is nothing to brag about.
Last night, Gawker posted the story about Assange’s preoccupation with his DNA gracing our planet. Former Wikileaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg has a tell-all book coming out (of course he does), and it appears as if he’s leaked a passage therein about Assange.
Often I sat in large groups and listened to Julian boast about how many children he had fathered in various parts of the world. He seemed to enjoy the idea of lots and lots of Julians, one on every continent. Whether he took care of any of these alleged children, or whether they existed at all, was another question.
Though Domscheit-Berg leaves open the possibility that these “children” may be nothing more than the empty lies of an insecure egomaniac, other sources are certain of their existence. One of them is a former Wikileaks volunteer and Swedish journalist Donald Bostrom, who told investigators that Assange had “at least” four children. And Bostrom is not the only one who has gone on record to verify Assange’s proclivity to procreate with no strings attached. Another former Wikileak volunteer as well as a former friend of Assange have both confirmed to Gawker that Assange is, indeed, the father of four. The children range in age from just 6 months to 20-year-old Daniel, who is the only child to have been previously reported. The ages of the other two children are not known. All four are believed to reside in Australia.
Gawker’s source said that “[Assange] feels obliged to spread his genes. In other words, he thinks he is so good that the world needs more of his kids.” While Assange may believe the world can’t live without his children, he seems quite comfortable that his children can live without him.
And thus another dislikable trait is revealed about infamous Julian Assange. I don’t know what’s more ironic. The fact that he’s been the victim of so many leaks, himself, or the fact that he boasts about fatherhood despite the fact that he’s completely unqualified to do so.
He has no idea what it means to be a dad.
Much less a good dad.