Assange 'transforming from Jason Bourne to L Ron Hubbard', says ex-supporter Jemima Khan
London, Feb 7 : Jemima Khan, a former supporter of Julian Assange, has said that the founder of the whistle blowing website Wikileaks is transforming from 'Jason Bourne into L. Ron Hubbard'.
Khan claimed that Assange has let his rock-star status go to his head and believes he is above the law and exempt from criticism.
Once akin to the on-the-run film hero played by Matt Damon he now risks becoming an Australian version of the founder of the Church of Scientology, Khan wrote in the New Statesman.
According to the Telegraph, Khan, who is associate editor of the magazine, remembered when she first saw the infamous 2010 video of US troops killing down civilians in Iraq.
She wrote that she had 'jokingly asked if Assange was the new Jason Bourne, on the run and persecuted by the state.'
It would be a tragedy if a man who has done so much good were to end up tolerating only disciples and unwavering devotion, more like an Australian L Ron Hubbard, she added.
Khan court in December 2010 and, despite not knowing Assange, offered 20,000 pounds to ensure his freedom.
When Assange jumped bail to seek asylum the security money paid by Khan and other celebrity backers, including John Pilger and Ken Loach, was forfeited to the court.
According to the paper, she now describes her "journey" with Assange as one from "admiration to demoralisation."