From the beginning, the American journalist told The Mail on Sunday, Mr Assange was unusually rude, and when he offered him a copy of his recent, well-reviewed book, he said: ‘Don’t bother. I’d only throw it away.’ After that, he says Mr Assange ignored him, focusing intently on his girlfriend instead.
Later, when the woman said she was going outside to smoke, Mr Assange left the table to join her.
‘They were standing very close together a little way down the street, and Julian was whispering in her ear.’
[T]he group finally left when the restaurant closed for the night. The journalist turned round and saw that Mr Assange and his girlfriend were walking hand in hand, and when he asked him what was happening, ‘he dropped into a classic fighter’s pose, with his fists up’.
The writer spent the night alone.
‘Assange seemed to take pleasure in humiliating me,’ he said.