Thursday, June 16, 2011

Who Wants To Dine With Assange?

By Jerry Smith June 16 2011

Up for auction on E-Bay is a chance for eight people to dine with Julian Assange. The starting bid is 350 pounds to have lunch in “one of London’s finest restaurants” with Assange and renowned Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

According to the announcement on E-Bay:
  • The three-hour lunch is set for July 2, from 12 - 3pm
  • 100% of the final sale price will support WikiLeaks
  • The meal will be followed by a Frontline Club event from 4pm - 6pm at The Troxy, in East London, where Assange and Zizek will be discussing the impact of WikiLeaks on the world and what it means for the future.
Click here to check out how the bidding is going or to bid yourself.

The event at the Troxy will be chaired by Amy Goodman, the award-winning investigative journalist and the host of a daily, independent news hour show that airs on the internet and on more than 900 public television and radio stations worldwide called Democracy Now.

Audience members are invited to submit questions by emailing with the subject line "Question 2 July".

Click here or here for more information about the event at the Troxy.

Assange, who is still under house arrest at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, Britain, will continue to fight being extradited to Sweden at a two day hearing at the High Court in London on July 12 and 13.

The WikiLeaks founder has been fighting extradition to Sweden where he has not been charged with anything but is wanted for questioning by the Swedish police about accusations of rape and sexual molestation made against him by Sofia Wilen and Anna Ardin. Assange has strongly denied the allegations made by Wilen and Ardin and says that he had consensual sex with the two women.

Assange and his lawyers fear that if he is extradited to Sweden he may then be extradited to the United States, where he could face torture, confinement at Guantanamo Bay, both, or even the death penalty.

Assange angered the United States when WikiLeaks published the leaked, embarrassing, diplomatic cables, the classified documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the 'Collateral Murder' video.


  1. If only I lived near London, and had lots of money.

  2. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    me too. I would love to meet Assange.

  3. What a man to meet.

  4. Top bid is £1,800.00 right now.

  5. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    mucho denero.

  6. it would be nice

  7. £3,000.00 now

  8. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    I hope they raise a lot of money.

  9. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    If only I could bid.

  10. I know the feeling.

  11. £3,000.00 is a lot to pay for lunch and that after event, but good for WikiLeaks, they deserve and need the money.

  12. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    Higher and higher, more for WikiLeaks

  13. People sure want to pay a lot to eat with Assange.

  14. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    I can't believe anyone would pay to eat with Assange.

  15. Still £3,000.00, I figured it would be more by now. The bidding may be slowing down some. Time left: 3 days 11 hours 55 mins

  16. Time left: 2 days 9 hours 9 mins and still £3,000.00. I am very surprised it hasn't increased.

  17. Time left: 2 days 3 hours 44 mins
    Current bid: £3,100.00
    Finally it's moving again.

  18. Time left: 1 day 9 hours 51 mins
    Current bid: £3,100.00
    I hope it rises soon.

  19. AnonymousJune 19, 2011

    It seems like people may be having their doubts about if this is a real auction. That may be some of the reason behind the lack of movement lately.

  20. Time left: 20h 21m 1s
    Current bid: £3,200.00

  21. Winning bid: £3,433.00

    Not too bad for one of the eight places. There is another seat at the Assange table on e-bay with
    Time left: 3 days 8 hours 12 mins
    Current bid: £565.00
    quite a bargain right now.

  22. Time left: 2 days 10 hours 25 mins
    Current bid: £770.00
    slowly rising.

  23. Time left: 1 day 23 hours 53 mins
    Current bid: £790.00

  24. Only 1 day 1 hour 5 mins left people. If you want this you better hurry.

  25. Lunch with Assange and Žižek to benefit WikiLeaks-4of8
    Time left: 10 hours 18 mins 44 secs
    Current bid: £810.00

    Lunch with Assange and Žižek to benefit WikiLeaks-1of8
    Time left: 2 days 21 hours 57 mins
    Starting bid: £50.00

  26. Lunch with Assange and Žižek to benefit WikiLeaks-1of8
    Time left: 2 days 21 hours 28 mins
    Current bid: £50.00

    someone finally bid.

  27. Lunch with Assange and Žižek to benefit WikiLeaks-1of8
    Time left: 1 day 13 hours 45 mins
    Current bid: £333.00

    It seems like they are going for less and less.

  28. Lunch with Assange and Žižek to benefit WikiLeaks-1of8
    Time left: 17 hours 29 mins 14 secs
    Current bid: £343.00

  29. who knows, do London’s finest restaurants serve vegetarian options