In Newsweek Spread, Assange Touts Gentleman Lifestyle

Hilarious gallery shows WikiLeaks founder tending chickens, wearing Santa suit
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2010 8:22 AM CST

(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.

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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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