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Publisher, Journalist, Computer Programmer, Internet activist and editor in chief of WikiLeaks

  • Julian Paul Assange was born on July 3, 1971 in Townsville, Queensland of Australia
  • He was a hacker before becoming a computer programmer
  • He was apprehended for hacking under the name Mendax in 1995
  • Julian Assange studied mathematics and physics in Melbourne, Australia
  • He founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and is also the editor in chief. WikiLeaks is a website created for the purpose of creating open governments. It is a whistleblower website and has published material about extrajudicial killings in Kenya, toxic waste dumping in Côte d'Ivoire, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and banks such as Kaupthing and Julius Baer, Iraq War documents and Afghan War documents about American involvement in the wars
  • Assange has won several awards and medals including Economist Freedom of Expression Award (2008), Amnesty International UK Media Award (2009), Sam Adams Award (2010), Le Monde Person of the Year (2010), Sydney Peace Foundation gold medal (2011) and Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011)
  • Julian Assange's parents met at a demonstration against the Vietnam war

  • Media

    Julian Assange at New Media Days 09 in Copenhagen
    Julian Assange at New Media Days 09 in Copenhagen

    Photo by: Espen Moe, New Media Days

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