"Assange touched my pussy," claims ex-WikiLeaker

A former WikiLeaks insider and ex-flatmate of Julian Assange has made the strangest allegation yet against the Australian whistle-blower: that he abused the activist's cat.

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who quit the group last year after an acrimonious rift, provides his frank account of the three years he spent with WikiLeaks in a new book, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website.

In the book, Domscheit-Berg - who was known by the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt during his time with the whistle-blowing organisation - alleges that the "mad Australian" let nothing get in the way of his quest for mastery. Not even a feline.

"Julian was constantly battling for dominance, even with my tomcat Herr Schmitt," says the German.

"Ever since Julian lived with me in Wiesbaden he (the cat) has suffered from psychosis. Julian would constantly attack the animal. He would spread out his fingers like a fork and grab the cat's throat.

"It must have been a nightmare for the tomcat," Domscheit-Berg says in the German-language version of the book, which is out in the UK on 15th February.