Julian Assange

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Julian Assange

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Julian Assange
Julian Assange

Assange in Norway 2010 Born [1] 3 July 1971 Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Nationality Australian Occupation Editor-in-chief and spokesperson for WikiLeaks

Julian Paul Assange (  /əˈsɒnʒ/ ə-SONZH; born 3 July 1971) is an Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist.[2][3] He is best known as the editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks, a media website which has published information from whistleblowers.[4][5] The site acts as a conduit for worldwide news leaks, with a stated purpose of creating open governance.[6] Assange was a hacker-activist in his youth, before becoming a computer programmer and then becoming internationally renowned for his work with WikiLeaks.[7] He has lived in several countries and has made public appearances in many parts of the world to speak about freedom of the press, censorship, and investigative journalism. While in England under house arrest, Assange hosted a political talk show called The World Tomorrow, which was broadcast in 2012.[8][9] He has received numerous awards and nominations, including the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award, Readers' Choice for Time magazine's 2010 Person of the Year, the 2011 Sydney Peace Foundation gold medal and the 2011 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.[10] International attention for WikiLeaks rose in 2010 when, with its partners in the news media, it began to publish U.S. military and diplomatic documents. Bradley Manning has since been arrested on suspicion of supplying the cables to WikiLeaks, and the United States Department of Justice is still investigating whether Assange can be prosecuted.[11] Since December 2010, Assange has been subject to a European Arrest Warrant in response to a Swedish police request for questioning in relation to a rape and sexual assault investigation. Since 19 June 2012, he has been residing in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has since been granted diplomatic asylum.[12][13] The British government intends to extradite Assange to Sweden under that arrest warrant if he leaves the embassy, which Assange says he fears may result in his subsequent extradition to the United States of America to face charges over the diplomatic cables case.[12]

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Early life
Assange was born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia[14][15] and is a "a sixth-generation Australian".[16] His mother, Christine Ann Assange (née Hawkins),[14] was the daughter of an Australian soldier, World War II veteran, academic, and principal of Northern Rivers College (Southern Cross University), Warren Alfred Hawkins, who was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and Norma Joan Hawkins (née Carelton), who "was a specialist in medieval [17][18][19][20][21][22] literature". In an interview with Robert Manne, Assange said that his "biological father" is named John Shipton, and that they did not meet "until he was 25". Manne writes: "strangely and perhaps revealingly, it (WikiLeaks) was registered under the names of two fathers, his biological one, John Shipton, and his cypherpunk political one, John Young, a New York architect who ran the intelligence leak website Cryptome, which could be seen as WikiLeaks' predecessor."[19][23][24][25] John Shipton is also referred to as an "architect" and an "Australian citizen living in Kenya", who resided in Nairobi, Kenya in 2008 at the same time as Assange.[26][27][28] He "met Assange's mother, Christine, then aged 17, at an antiques shop on his way to a Vietnam war demonstration ... little is known about the relationship, except that it had ended by the time of their son's first birthday – if not earlier"; Shipton "never took up residence or if he did only took up residence for a very short time" and "had no contact with [Assange]".[29] His mother, Christine, married theatre director Richard Brett Assange, son of George Franklin Assange and Patricia Lavinia Assange (née Glasson), when Julian was one year...
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