Julian Assange

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Julian Assange
Julian Assange August 2014.jpg
Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy, London (August 2014)
Born Julian Paul Assange
(1971-07-03) 3 July 1971 (age 47)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Residence Embassy of Ecuador, London, United Kingdom
Nationality Australian-Ecuadorian
Alma mater Central Queensland University
University of Melbourne
Occupation Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks
Home town Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Julian Paul Assange (born 3 July 1971) is an Australian-Ecuadorian computer programmer, publisher and journalist. He spokesman and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, which is a website that posts news leaks. He started the website in 2006.[1] He was born in Townsville, Queensland. He also made a program called Rubberhose to hide secret information in a specific way that protects against torture.

Assange was the Readers' Choice for Time Person of the Year in 2010[2] after getting the most Internet votes. However, Mark Zuckerberg, who started Facebook, won the actual award.

In 2012, facing extradition to Sweden, he was granted political asylum by Ecuador and took refuge at the Embassy of Ecuador, London.

On 11 January 2018, it was announced that Assange had held Ecuadorian citizenship since 12 December 2017.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mystery Hacker: Who Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange? - TIME". time.com. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  2. "Julian Assange: Readers' Choice for TIME's Person of the Year 2010 - TIME NewsFeed". newsfeed.time.com. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  3. "Ecuador grants WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange citizenship". The Independent. 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-01-11.