‘The Scarlet Pimpernel,’ ‘Megalomaniac’ or ‘the hero’: Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has been called many names recently, but he rarely speaks about himself. It seems that wasn’t always so true.
A Reddit users found an OkCupid.com dating profile under the name “Harry Harrison,” with photos of the WikiLeaks founder. OkCupid.com told the Village Voice that the profile looks legitimate.
The online dating service is known for web-savvy PR marketing, particularly surveys that mine its users’ data for all sorts of sensational statistics, but the company said Assange’s profile was “certainly not a PR stunt.”
“We’re currently looking into validity (to the limited extent we can),” said Sam Yagan, cofounder and CEO of OKCupid.com. Beyond that, “I don’t think we’re going to have too much to say.”
“The biggest thing we want people to know is that we can confirm the last login date of December 2006,” said Yagan. “That has not been modified by OKCupid. The fact pattern points to it being legitimate, but it would take quite a lot to confirm for sure.”
The pictures of a pre-grey Assange certainly seem to look very much like the globe-trotting whistle-blower, and some of his comments paint him as a fore-runner of the self-publicising, misogynistic narcissist we have all come to love over the last few months.
In his self summary, the very Assange-like Harry Harrison says “Want a regular, down to earth guy? Keep moving. I am not the droid you’re looking for,” in a geeky reference to one of the Star Wars films. Always such a big hit with the ladies.
He goes on to describe himself as a “Passionate, and often pig-headed activist intellectual [who] seeks siren for love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy.”
Describing his ideal woman Julian Assange writes that she should be “spirited and playful, of high intelligence, though not necessarily formally educated,” and that she should “have spunk” which we can’t help thinking is what got him into all this trouble in the first place.
He also says he is currently involved in (at that time), “Directing a consuming, dangerous, human rights project which is, as you might expect, male dominated.”
He also wrote that he is “variously professionally involved in international journalism/books, documentaries, cryptography, intelligence agencies, civil rights, political activism, white collar crime and the internet.”
Assange’s profile tests point out that he is a strong democrat, will die at the age of 83 and is 97 per cent smart and 87 per cent slut, which gives you some idea of the veracity of the testing methods used by online dating site OkCupid.com.
Assange is currently in prison in London being held on charges of sexual molestation of two women, including, in one case, “using his body weight to hold” down the first complainant and having sex with the second complainant “without a condom while she was asleep.” [OkCupid via Gawker, The Atlantic and Village Voice]