The most revealing scene in Risk, Oscar-winner Laura Poitras’ (Citzenfour) documentary portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, comes during a meeting (in either late 2010 or 2011) between Assange and his lawyer Helena Kennedy. Discussing the sexual assault charges levied against him by two Swedish women, Kennedy pleads with the gray-haired whistleblower to speak more sensitively about the case, which has thrown an unflattering spotlight on him and his mission. According to Kennedy, Assange should employ careful language that helps him explain his points without sounding angry and persecuted by a “feminist conspiracy.” Assange agrees to follow this advice—at least in front of the cameras, admitting that when it comes to railing against his accusers, “Publicly, it’s not helpful.” However, he then confesses his true feelings about the scandal: “Privately, it’s a social democratic party plus general influence from the government. … [Read more...] about WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Is an Egomaniacal, Sexist Creep in ‘Risk’
Pamela Anderson would like to set the record straight. The Baywatch icon turned ardent activist has grown close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in recent years, which has led to rampant speculation about the nature of their relationship. She thinks it’s “crazy” that they’ve been linked romantically and speaks fondly of her actual beau, Marseille footballer Adil Rami; she “doesn’t believe there’s a link between Julian and Russia;” she is adamant that “Julian represents everything America does when it comes to true information and freedom of speech;” and she has not been asked to participate in the Mueller investigation, and “would prefer not to speculate” about whether she would. On a sunny June afternoon, Anderson paid a visit to The Daily Beast’s New York office to discuss her partnership with the National Limousine Association’s Ride Responsibly initiative, whose aim is to promote safety … [Read more...] about Pamela Anderson Defends Assange and Putin: ‘Everything Is So Anti-Russia’
Sen. Kamala Harris was promoting her new book on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the other day when she asked one of her interviewers, John Heilemann, if he’d read it. When Heilemann replied that he had sped read through “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” the California Democrat laughed and invoked Washington’s Rule One for consuming politicians’ memoirs: “There is an index,” Harris said. “If your name’s not in it, you won’t read it.” We have read Harris’ book. And, perhaps more important, we have read the index. Here’s a quick look at some people from Harris’ life who are mentioned in the book — and some who aren’t. Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event in San Francisco for Gavin Newsom in November.Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle Gov. Gavin Newsom: Newsom and Harris’ careers have been on parallel tracks since he was sworn in as San Francisco … [Read more...] about Are you mentioned in Kamala Harris’ new book? Check the index
The most ardent supporters of Proposition C, a San Francisco ballot measure aimed at slashing homelessness, celebrated their victory inside a Mission District nightclub Tuesday. Organizers of the Yes on C campaign threw a bash at Roccapulco to watch election results come in. An estimated 300 people packed the club to eat tacos, drink and show thanks to donors and volunteers. In the case of Prop. C, that included Salesforce chief Marc Benioff, who committed $7.9 million in personal and corporate money to the Yes on C campaign. Benioff, who watched the results from home with his family, tweeted: “Let the city come together in love for those who need it most!” after early returns showed the measure passing. Marion Wellington, who campaigned for the measure, said she believes Benioff’s involvement helped push the vote in its favor. Prop. C supporters Annie Dillon (left) and Sonja Lockhart watch for election results.Photo: Amy Osborne / Special to The Chronicle “I … [Read more...] about Prop. C backers, tech workers and homeless advocates, celebrate tax’s passage
Hands-down winner of last night’s general election TV debates was Nigel Farage: the only authentic politician, the only man willing or able to tell it like it is. He even gave a straight answer to an elephant trap of a question about what he did personally to save the environment:“I drive all over the country. I catch a lot of aeroplane flights every year. I am not a leading example.” That was while being cross-examined on ITV after the main debate in which only Boris and Corbyn took part. His performance on a BBC Question Time special with Fiona Bruce, though, was even better because it was punchier. It was just Farage, on his own, in front of a studio audience which — typical BBC — sounded as if it had been bussed in from a Labour Momentum meeting. One questioner effectively accused Farage of being a racist; another whiny female SJW creature contrived to take fake offence at the legal structure of Farage’s Brexit Party and just wouldn’t shut … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Neither Boris nor Corbyn Won the TV Debate. Nigel Farage Did.