The worm is turning against Julian Assange, with former backers now publicly coming out against him. Jemima Khan is the first major celebrity to pour scorn on the fantasist, comparing him to L Ron Hubbard:
Jemima Khan became the first celebrity backer of Julian Assange to publicly criticise his decision to jump bail and seek refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
She said his ‘instantaneous rock-star status’ made him feel he was ‘above the law and exempt from criticism’, even likening him to Scientologist L Ron Hubbard.
Nearly eight months after the WikiLeaks founder took up residence in the diplomatic building, Miss Khan, who put up bail money for Assange, laid bare her frustrations at his attempts to dodge extradition to Sweden where he is wanted over rape and sex assault allegations.
She gave an extraordinary insight into how Assange, whose whistleblowing website angered Washington by releasing thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010, has alienated some of his staunchest allies.
In a reference to fictional spy Jason Bourne, she said: ‘I jokingly asked if Assange was the new Jason Bourne, on the run and persecuted by the state.
‘It would be a tragedy if a man who has done so much good were to end up tolerating only disciples and unwavering devotion, more like an Australian L Ron Hubbard.’
Miss Khan, 39, described how she had previously supported Assange – even after he was arrested over the claims in late 2010.
But the socialite and former wife of cricket star Imran Khan now says that his female accusers have ‘human rights’, too, and that she had gone from “admiration to demoralisation” on the subject of WikiLeaks.
I wonder how long it will be before similar celebrity endorsement deserts the fat German fraudster.