Julian Assange kept a lot of secrets pent up with him in a cramped corner room at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London. But as his seven-year tenure there ended ignominiously last week, one final mystery captured the attention of the international community.
What will happen to Embassy Cat?
The asylum seeker’s furry friend was Assange’s only consistent companion during some of his lonely years as a self-styled political refugee. The cat had a significant Internet following of its own – though its views hewed suspiciously close to its human’s – and it was apparently a fixture at the embassy, with a penchant for pouncing on Christmas tree ornaments and for defusing tension as the WikiLeaks founder tangled with a bevy of world leaders. It was named for its famous home, but occasionally went by “James” or “Cat-stro” after Cuban leader Fidel Castro.