Wikileaks offers fired Google “memo” employee a job

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 3 years ago

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday he would hire James Damore, the Google engineer who published the now-infamous memo criticizing Google’s diversity policies, one day after Google fired Damore. Assange presented the job offer in a public tweet that included a link to an excerpt from his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks.”

In his tweet, the Wikileaks founder stated clearly his opinion of Google’s decision to terminate its employee: “Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore.

Damore’s trouble with Google began when he wrote a 10-page document railing against the company’s gender- and racial-diversity policies, castigating Google for having a “left cultural bias,” and ascribing the relatively low percentage of women in tech positions in the company to “biological differences” between men and women. He also suggested that Google shift focus to promoting “ideological diversity.”

Damore posted the document to a company mailing list that went out to employees throughout the company. Google executives ruled that Damore violated the company’s code of conduct and contributed to a “hostile atmosphere” against women in the workplace by writing and publishing the document.

Were Damore to work for Wikileaks, he would likely either strictly telework or move to Europe. Wikileaks has a small team of employees, but its physical office is in Stockholm. There is no known Wikileaks branch office in the United States.

Assange himself is currently living as a fugitive in the embassy of Ecuador in London, where he is evading arrest for sexual-assault charges that he incurred in 2010. British police threaten to extradite him to Sweden for a trial if he ever sets foot outside the embassy.