Julian Assange and the ‘Fountain’ of Leaks
Here’s an old cartoon of mine. And if you haven’t seen Andrew O’Hagan’s meditation about "Ghosting" for Assange, I urge you to set aside some time and read it.
The part that made me crack up was that Assange wanted O’Hagan not only to ghostwrite a memoir but also a manifesto:
‘Facts. Some feelings. But it should be a manifesto. It can have some reflections from childhood and whatever, but the book should be a manifesto of my ideas. It should be like moral essays. And it should have like a plot. Not with personal stuff but a sense of transition.’
‘And what is this plot of your life that you’d like to relate?’
‘I’m not at all interested in a book that is personal. I’ve always known this.’
‘So now you’re talking about a book of ideas?’
He just stared at me, as if he were a child who had lost his homework and I were an admonishing teacher.
‘Need more manifesto.’
‘Okay,’ I said. ‘But you have to write that. A manifesto comes from belief. It can’t be second-guessed or ghostwritten.’