Where is Julian Assange's cat? The internet wants answers right meow
No, we're not kitten. The "Embassy Cat" even had social media accounts.
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
Assange wasn't always alone in his embassy exile. For at least part of the seven years he was there, he had a feline friend who was featured on social media and had its own Instagram and Twitter accounts. Embassy Cat's social media bios even got punny, stating, "I live in the Ecuadorian Embassy with Julian Assange. Interested in counter-purrveillance."
And when Assange was taken into custody, some on social media worried about the cat.
The cat appears to have been just a kitten when Assange took it in, based on
and Twitter photos. Its accounts began in May 2016. No new Instagram photos have been posted since March 2017, although the Twitter account was still retweeting in March 2018.
During its time in the embassy, the cat played with celebrity visitors, including filmmaker Michael Moore, and did regular cat things, like hiding in a hat or slopping milk on the floor.
The Washington Post scratched into the cat's current status and clawed up some conflicting reports. Former WikiLeaks staffer James Ball tweeted that the cat was reportedly given to a shelter.
But back in November, Hanna Jonasson of Assange's legal team said the cat managed to avoid the shelter and was given to Assange's family.