I've just watched the (edited) interview of Julian Assange by Leigh Sales on the ABCTV show 7.30, formerly known as The 7.30 Report. I was a bit surprised at Assange's appearance - his face was covered in blemishes, his hair was a mess and he needed a shave. Assange has never been particularly normal in the way he presents himself, but I thought he looked rougher than usual. He blinked a lot, which is normal for Assange.
Assange's rather dramatic question for our Prime Minister Julia Gillard that was delivered a while ago on the ABCTV show Q & A was discussed.
I noticed that Assange mispronounced the name of the ALP powerbroker Mark Arbib, pronouncing it as "Ardib". Perhaps this is a hint at why Assange is such an unusual person. Assange is a poor speller. He admits this himself: "I live a broad intellectual life. I'm good at a lot of things, except for spelling." (Barrowclough 2010). I'm not sure exactly how bad his spelling is, but I know that in some cases of dyslexia, an inability to properly perceive the difference between the sound of phonemes is thought to be the root of the problem. Mixing up the sounds of consonants is a typical error made by such dyslexics, sounds such as "D" and "B". Could Assange possibly be one of those genuis dyslexics that some pop psychology book writers love to write about? Most of them are also thought to be autistic by other writers. Whatever the case, he's a most unusual person.
The full interview will be available some time soon at the website of the 7.30.
Barrowclough, Nikki (2010) The secret life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Sydney Morning Herald. smh.com.au May 22, 2010. http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/the-secret-life-of-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-20100521-w1um.html