The book by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Assange’s former spokesman and right-hand man, says that WikiLeaks functioned for almost all of its existence as a two-man operation—Assange and Domscheit-Berg—despite Assange’s claims of a large staff of paid workers and volunteers, and that Assange routinely lied to the public about the whistleblowing site and the extent of its support.
In his book, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, which is being published this month in the United States and Europe, Domscheit-Berg, a 32-year-old German computer scientist, says that he and others became so alarmed last fall by Assange’s disinterest in the website’s security and in protecting the identity of its leakers that they took control over the site’s software for submitting leaks, as well as the voluminous leaked material itself.
Apart from its ugly portrayal of Assange as acting like “an emperor or slave trader” in his management of WikiLeaks, the book could also create new legal headaches for Assange as he fights extradition to Sweden on sexual abuse charges, involving allegations that rebuffed demands that he wear condoms during sex and, in at least one case, ripped a hole in a condom.
In the excerpts that appear on Cryptome, Domscheit-Berg writes of Assange’s efforts during his travels around the world to seduce young, pliant women – preferably under the age of 22—and of Assange’s boasts “about how many children he had fathered in various parts of the world. He seemed to enjoy the idea of lots of little Julians, one on every continent.”