ASSANGE’S CURIOUS DNA
The psychology of Julian Assange has been fascinating to watch.
He has his dedicated fans (they are many, and they are vocal) and he has his detractors (same) and there are those for whom the jury is still out.
Last night almost 1.4 million Australians tuned in to watch a program about the formative years of the man who founded Wikileaks, currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, today threatening to sue Julia Gillard over a statement she made about his “illegal” activity.
In Channel Ten’s Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Alex Williams portrayed a young computer nerd who got his big break in hacking in Melbourne by gaining access to the US military computer system.
Much of the telemovie is concerned with Assange’s childhood and his relationship with his mother Christine, played in the movie by Rachel Griffiths.
Presumably for legal reasons the movie focuses on a short period in his life – when he was a teenager and had his first brush with the law – and the formation of his personality as crusader for justice.
Actor Ben Williams played a teenage Julian Assange. Image via perthnow.com.au.
If we are all the products of our childhood, the portrayal of Assange’s unusual childhood, with a troubled stepfather with alleged links to the cult The Family, and a protective and influential mother, is intriguing.
Rachel Griffiths said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald: “I viewed him with this kind of psychological curiosity. What makes a man like that? I thought, that man doesn’t have a father and must have an interesting mother because there is some intrinsic molecular revulsion of authority in that man. It’s compulsive. It’s in his DNA.’
The kicker on the Channel Ten promo for the telemovie was “Make Up Your Own Mind” about Assange.
Did you watch the telemovie, and did the insight into his childhood alter your perceptions about Julian Assange?
Perhaps your opinion was already fixed?