Julian Assange: Everything you need to know about the man behind WikiLeaks

CNET | 4/12/2019 | Laura Hautala,
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Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on Thursday in London.

Julian Assange is in British custody after losing asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. The 47-year-old founder of WikiLeaks made a name for himself by releasing secret government documents from the US and around the world. Those included diplomatic cables, official records, campaign emails and documents detailing government hacking tools.

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Styling himself as an anti-secrecy activist, Assange created WikiLeaks, an online portal, to share documents he said would hold powerful governments accountable. In some cases, news outlets re-promoted documents obtained by Wikileaks, such as when The New York Times created an archive of US diplomatic cables in 2010.

After being accused of rape in 2010, Assange fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy where he stayed from 2012 until his arrest Thursday. During that time, Assange continued running WikiLeaks and defending his work and methods.

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Current Wikileaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson condemned the arrest of Assange on Thursday. "This, of course, is a gross violation of international treaties and an outrageous behavior in all respects," Hrafnsson told NPR. "A country simply shouldn't revoke the status of [asylum] when it has been granted in the first place."

Here's everything you need to know about the outspoken and enigmatic founder of WikiLeaks:

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Who is Julian Assange?

Assange is from Australia. He has said that before WikiLeaks, he worked as a computer programmer and as an activist. He avoids the label "hacker."

Assange - WikiLeaks - Years - World - Lectures

In 2006, Assange helped found WikiLeaks. During its early years, he toured the world giving lectures and interviews, fashioning himself as the face of the organization. His story was turned into the 2013 film The Fifth Estate, with Benedict Cumberbatch portraying Assange.

Assange founded WikiLeaks with the goal of vetting and publishing primary source, restricted documents. By 2016, WikiLeaks...
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