Monday, April 11, 2011

Julian Assange looking rough in interview on Australian TV

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. May 22, 2010.


Anonymous said...

I totally disagree with your superficial observations....It is time someone reveals the truth.. Peace and love to you..

Lili Marlene said...

Fair enough, and the truth is....?

Adelaide Dupont said...

And Dommscheit reveals that Assange is not very good with foreign names, which tripped Assange rather a lot up in Germany and in other European places where WikiLeaks did its work.

Spelling is probably the least of the problems Assange has right now!

And when I looked at the interview for 4-5 seconds, I sort of thought the opposite: that Assange was not particularly rough.

Lili Marlene said...

If you watch this interview thru the little screen at the website of 7.30 it doesn't give a good view of Assange's skin. See it on a full TV screen and you can see he doesn't look too crash hot. I think he coughed a bit in the interview too.