The Frontline Club in London is the kind of place where war correspondents and investigative reporters mingle with admirers and wannabes, fired by a shared passion for exposing government spin, revealing the truth — and fine dining.
So when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange found himself at the center of an international firestorm over the website’s publication of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, he knew where he would be well-fed and, more importantly, safe.
Amid calls for Assange’s assassination or prosecution under espionage laws and condemnation from U.S. commentators like Sarah Palin — who dubbed him “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands” — the Frontline Club closed ranks and kept his whereabouts to themselves.
Vaughan Smith, a former television cameraman who founded Frontline, said Assange had previously held talks and other events at the club and they “quite liked having him here because he’s made us a more interesting venue.”
Assange lived in rented rooms at the club for about three weeks until he surrendered to British police on Tuesday in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct in Sweden. Until then, no one at the club, members or employees, spilled the news of his presence.
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