Okay, just know that I kind of hate myself for admitting it (again) at this point, but I still find Julian Assange bizarrely attractive. You don’t have to say it – I know I have major issues. The above photo was taken in the Ecudorian embassy in London. Julian Assange has been living there for months after he sought asylum from prosecution by the British government – the Brits were going to extradite him to Sweden so he could face his sexual-abuse charges, but the end-game for Assange is that he fears the Swedish government will simply turn him over to the Americans, and he’ll end up in some Guantanamo hole. Basically, the Assange “cause” is a complicated and (at this point) farcical issue involving claims of sexual abuse, war crimes, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, anti-Americanism, civil liberties, transparency, international law and the right for a government (any government) to keep secrets. Enter Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and the unlikely pair had dinner together last night, it has emerged. The singer, who had been promoting her new perfume at Harrods next door, was seen leaving the Knightsbridge embassy building dressed all in black and wearing a pointed witch’s hat.
The WikiLeaks founder, who is wanted in Sweden over alleged sex attacks on two women, has been holed up there since June and has claimed asylum.
Lady Gaga is said to have spent five hours with him, emerging at midnight after the two had shared a meal. Earlier, singer M.I.A. had tweeted a message to Lady Gaga saying: “If ur at harrods today, come visit Assange at the Ecuador embassy across the st. im there. Ill bring TEA and CAKE (sic).”
An embassy spokeswoman confirmed Lady Gaga had visited but said she did not know whether M.I.A. had been there.
She said: “People can visit him (Assange) but usually he has his own team set up the appointments.”
The visit from the Poker Face singer came as Assange’s high profile backers who had stood as sureties for him were ordered to pay a court £93,500 because the Australian has skipped bail to seek asylum.
The supporters, who include a Nobel prize-winner, an aristocrat and an academic, were warned they would face jail unless they found the cash within a month. Other supporters of the whistleblower have already lost £200,000 in security money.
Lady Gaga was booed by angry fans on Sunday night when she arrived over an hour late for the UK launch of her Fame perfume at the luxury department store. Many who turned out to see her were left disappointed, having failed to even catch a glimpse of her before she dashed indoors.
I can’t even imagine what Julian Assange and Lady Gaga have to say to each other for five hours. Is there a possibility that they had sex? Perhaps. They both seem like bizarre people, although in Assange’s case, I think he’s legitimately weird, like there’s something “off” about him. For Gaga, it’s just an affectation. So who knows? Maybe Gaga is going to fund Assange’s legal work for a while, until she gets bored with that cause and picks up a new one.
And no, I have no idea why she was dressed like a witch. *Kanye shrug*
Photos courtesy of WENN.