Julian Assange smug 311 REUTERS.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused British journalists of a "Jewish conspiracy" against him.
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The accusation came in remarks published in the British magazine Private Eye, which was reporting on a phone call Assange made on Feb. 16 to the magazine's editor complaining about British coverage of WikiLeaks, The New York Times reported.
had published an article on an Assange associate in Russia, Israel Shamir, saying that he had denied the Holocaust. Assange called the article "an obvious attempt to deprive him and his organization of Jewish support and donations,” according to the Jewish Chronicle.
He also said the magazine was “part of a conspiracy” led by “Jewish”
writers and specifically cited The Guardian
newspaper, naming Editor
Alan Rusbridger, a non-Jew, and investigations editor David Leigh.
Assange responded to the Private Eye
article on Twitter, saying that
editor Ian Hislop, who wrote the article, "distorted, invented or
misremembered" what he said, calling his use of the term Jewish
conspiracy "false in spirit and in word."
"We treasure our strong Jewish support and staff, just as we treasure
the support from pan-Arab democracy activists and others who share our
hope for a just world,” Assange tweeted.