In Newsweek Spread, Assange Touts Gentleman Lifestyle
Hilarious gallery shows WikiLeaks founder tending chickens, wearing Santa suit
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2010 8:22 AM CST
Julian Assange head of WikiLeaks takes a drink during a press conference at the home of Frontline Club founding member Vaughan Smith, at Bungay, England, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – Life is just so droll when you’re international man of mystery/rape suspect Julian Assange. Sure, he’s under house arrest, but house arrest doesn’t look so bad in the hilarious-yet-unfortunate Christmas with Julian” photo gallery Newsweek is running. Maybe it’s because that “house” is a 600-acre British country estate that, the magazine assures us, puts Roman Polanski’s old Swiss chalet to shame.

In the gallery, Assange is seen relaxing by the fire, tending to chickens, and, in one sure-to-be famous shot, wearing an ill-fitting Santa suit, with a bag reading, “Dear Santa: I’ve been very, very, very good (most of the time).” Through it all, he manages to look like a carefree country aristocrat. “If this leaking thing doesn't work out,” Gawker quips, “Assange may want to embark on a career as an Eddie Bauer model.” Click here for more observations on the spread, and here to see the photos.

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Dec 31, 2010 12:45 PM CST
International man of mystery/rape... I am going to laugh at that all day.
Dec 31, 2010 12:04 PM CST
Well, if a rape charge doesn't ruin his reputation, call him a snob. That will get Americans up in arms. Where is Ralph Nader and his tiny apartment/beat up car, when you need him?
Dec 31, 2010 10:42 AM CST
This guy is such an egomaniac that he doesn't know he's being played by the journos (whose role he so cavalierly seeks to usurp). With each new story released, he becomes more and more like one of those Mike Myers caricatures, sort of a cross of Austin Powers, the movie-critic Dieter, and a schwing-obsessed Garth from Wayne's World. Keep talking, Julian (as if you could ever restrain yourself...) The media's having a field day at your expense and all the while you think it's your Sally Field Moment.