In his interview in the Times, Julian Assange is quoted as saying “I’m not promiscuous I just really like women”. This is almost as disingenuous and designed to obfuscate as Bill Clinton’s now classic comment about his intimacy with Monica Lewinsky “…I did not have sexual relations with that woman..”
Promiscuity means having sex with many partners. Either Assange is claiming that he enjoys regular platonic relationships with lots of women, or he is judging that promsicuity implies some baser form of sexual encounter ( in the context of not liking women? rape, perhaps?) that is beneath his meta-intellectual level, and therefore does not sum up his idiosyncratic condition.
I’m sorry – I don’t buy this.
As I tried to articulate in my previous blog entry HERE there is a strong link between power and sex. Assange is exerting his power in many ways, and is building up a self-satisfied iconic status through his intellect and contacts, and using leaked information and women in a similarly dispassionate way, without feeling. Its interesting that his response to the release of further details of the sex allegations by the Guardian (18 December 2010) , and the closing in of the net on him, is to threaten an undisclosed bank with potential leaks in 2011.
The combination of his own over-inflated sense of grandiosity and the belief that various agencies are conspiring against him, defines the Paranoid personality. At the extreme end of the narcissistic spectrum his arrogance, insensitivity to others, denial and projection is a textbook representation.
Now the Guardian has turned the tables on him, and he is annoyed with them – no doubt they are part of the conspiracy.
If his commitment to transparency and clarity extends to him, as well as the rest of the world, he will speak honestly and clearly to the media, and return to Sweden to answer the questions asked of him.