Julian Assange's Possible OKCupid Online Dating Profile

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This weekend, a group of Redditors appear to have found Julian Assange's OkCupid profile from 2006. This is a complete and utter distraction from the serious things going on with WikiLeaks' release of State Department cables, which is precisely why I call your attention to it. Cablegate has been a very serious affair with Assange playing the role of global hero and/or villain.

But, if this profile is to be believed, a few years ago he was just a guy with an online dating profile talking a pretty good weirdo revolutionary game. Here's Assange's self-summary:

WARNING: Want a regular, down to earth guy? Keep moving. I am not the droid you're looking for. Save us both while you still can.

Passionate, and often pig headed activist intellectual seeks siren for love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy.

Such a woman should spirited and playful, of high intelligence, though not necessarily formally educated, have spunk, class & inner strength and be able to think strategically about the world and the people she cares about.

I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil. Western culture seems to forge women that are valueless and inane. OK. Not only women!

Although I am pretty intellectually and physically pugnacious I am very protective of women and children.

I am DANGER, ACHTUNG, and ??????????????! [emphasis added]

We should just note that it's possible this isn't real. OkCupid may just be weird enough to do something like this as viral marketing. But the photos look real, the location is right, and the tone of the writing is pitch-perfect Assange.

Via Joe Coscarelli at the Village Voice.

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