December 14, 2010, 10:25 AM — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a secretive figure in many ways, but in his OKCupid online dating profile he reveals he likes women with spunk, intelligence and see themselves as erotic non-conformists. It also helps if they're from countries that have experienced political turmoil because they're less likely to be valueless and inane.
There's no confirmation the profile is his, though the pictures, age, demographic info and pretentious self-descriptions all match.
The nom de l'amour on the profile is Harry Harrison -- who, in the real world is a science fiction author famous for stories of future wars and (a little too moralistic) scoundrels who counter the power of an all-powerful state through their own cleverness in breaking the rules. The character who describes himself as the Stainless Steel Rat in those books is eventually caught and conscripted as a cog helping keep the vast governmental machine in power -- a more powerful irony in relation to Assange than the light satire Harrison incorporates into the stories themselves.
Assange hasn't revisited the OKCupid profile since Dec. 31, 2006, but, in addition to the pretentious essay section (see below), his "Dating Test" reactions show he's:
- an 87% slut;
- 61% virgin;
- strong Democrat;
- will be dead at 83;
- an 86% Thought Criminal;
- Hamlet among Shakespearian characters;
- philosophical rationalist;
- and an 84 on the MathDorkOMeter.
Harry Harrison: 36 / M / Straight / Single/ Melbourne, Australia
My 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. ...
Although I am pretty intellectually and physically pugnacious I am very protective of women and children.
What I'm doing with my life