Julian Assange is, next to Rupert Murdoch, the most controversial Australian alive. Love him as the shaker and stirrer and speaker of truth to power or hate him as a witting or unwitting tool of Russian intelligence, life would be boring without my freaky fellow Queenslander. Hence, I was hugely amused by this latest news story:
Ecuador has formally ordered Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests if he wants to be reconnected to the internet, according to a memo published in a local media outlet Monday.
The nine-page memo published by Ecuadorean website Codigo Vidrio said Assange is prohibited from “interfering in the internal affairs of other states” or from activities “that could prejudice Ecuador’s good relations with other states.”
There was no indication Assange signed onto the memo, which governs the WikiLeaks founder’s access to the Wi-Fi network of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he lived since seeking asylum there in 2012…
Tension has been long building between Assange and his hosts, particularly after the Australian ex-hacker began cheering on Catalonian secessionists in Spain last year. In March, Ecuador announced it was restricting Assange’s access to the internet.
On Sunday, WikiLeaks said Assange would be reconnected to the internet, but it’s not clear whether the move was contingent on him agreeing to Ecuador’s conditions.
The memo mostly governs security and communication issues, but offers hints of other Assange issues at the embassy.
For example, the document ordered Assange to keep the bathroom clean and warned that his pet cat would be confiscated and taken to an animal shelter if he did not look after it.
Assange’s poor cat! Honestly, this memo reads like something written by parents to their Millennial son who simply won’t move out – which is pretty much what’s happening here. Clean up your room, change the kitty litter and stop using our internet to download porn. Is it the Ecuadorian embassy or Jordan Peterson?