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Julian Paul Assange was born on the 3rd July 1971, in Townsville, Queensland Australia and is a computer programmer, publisher, journalist and internet activist, most famous as the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, the organization that publishes “secret” information and news leaks, which launched in 2006.
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this versatile Australian has accumulated? How rich Julian Assange is? According to sources, it is estimated that Julian Assange’s net worth as of early 2016, is $300,000, which has been achieved largely through his engagement within WikiLeaks.
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Julian had a unusual childhood – his father, an anti war activist and builder, John Shipton and his mother Christine Ann Hawkins, a visual artist, separated before Julian was born. At the age of only one, Julian’s mother married Richard Brett Assange, but they divorced in 1979. From Christine’s third marriage with Leif Hamilton, the member of The Family, Australian New Age group, Julian has a half-brother. By the time he was a teenager, he had lived in more than 30 cities around Australia, before settling in Melbourne, Victoria.
Among many schools he attended, Goolmangar Primary and Townsville State High School stand out. Julian enrolled at Central Queensland University in 1994, where he studied mathematics, physics and programming, and later at the University of Melbourne in 2003. However, he did not graduate from either.
Julian Assange showed an interest in computer science at a young age, and in 1987 began hacking under the name “Madox”. Alongside “Trax” and “Prime Suspect”, he formed the hacking group – International Subversives. The group, led by Assange, managed to hack Pentagon and other US Department of Defense facilities, MILNET, NASA, U.S. Navy, Motorola, Panasonic, Xerox, Australia’s Overseas Telecommunications Commission as well as the Australian National University, La Trobe University and Stanford University’s SRI International. After blowing his cover in 1991, police raided his home and in 1994 he was found guilty of 25 of 31 charges for hacking and related crimes. After paying A$2,100 and on a good behavior, Julian was released.
Julian Assange had begun his programming career in 1994, and he take credits for starting one of the first internet service providers in Australia, as well as for co-authoring the Transmission Control Protocol. Prior to WikiLeaks, he ran Best of Security, a website with over 5,000 subscribers, on which he gave advice on computer security. These provided the basis for his net worth.
In 2006, Julian Assange found WikiLeaks; the organization stationed in Sweden, focused on collecting and publishing secret and classified data and exposing confidential information, among which including extrajudicial killings in Kenya, procedures at Guantanamo Bay detention center, toxic waste dumping in Cote d’Ivore as well as emails from vice-presidential candidate at that time, Sarah Palin. These activities certainly increased Julian Assange’s net worth and have been the main source of his wealth.
In 2010, Julian Assange was faced with sexual assault charges in Sweden. After turning himself in to the London police, and after series of hearings throughout 2011 seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorean government in 2012. It protects him from arrest by British police, but only on Ecuadorean territory, making him unable to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
So far, Julian Assange published four books and several other short pieces, including “When Google Met WikiLeaks”, “The Hidden Curse of Thomas Paine” and “Cyberpunks”. Apart from those mentioned, Julian also took part in producing movies such as “Collateral Murder” (2010) and “Mediastan” (2013).
In his professional engagement so far, he Has been honored with numerous rewards including 2010 TIME Person of the Year, 2011 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism and 2013 Global Exchange Human Rights Award, among several others.
When it comes to his personal life, Julian Assange was married to Teresa when he was 18 years old, and they have a son.
As of mid-2016, Julian Assange still resides in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, UK.
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|The Engineer||2013||Documentary executive producer|
|The World Tomorrow||2012||TV Series producer - 3 episodes|
|Collateral Murder||2010||Documentary short producer|
|The World Tomorrow||2012||TV Series 3 episodes|
|Collateral Murder||2010||Documentary short creative director|
|Mediastan||2013||Documentary concept by|
|The World Tomorrow||2012||TV Series 2 episodes|
|The Program||2012||Documentary short thanks|
|O Sentido da Vida||2017||Documentary filming||Himself|
|Free Speech Fear Free||2016||Documentary||Himself|
|Terminal F/Chasing Edward Snowden||2015||TV Movie documentary||Himself, WikiLeaks|
|Horizon||2014||TV Series documentary||Himself - WikiLeaks Founder|
|Le grand journal de Canal+||2014||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Click||2014||TV Series documentary||Himself - Editor-in-Chief, Wikileaks|
|Democracy Now!||2010-2013||TV Series||Himself|
|Une contre-histoire de l'Internet||2013||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|Real Time with Bill Maher||2013||TV Series||Himself|
|Erin Burnett OutFront||2012||TV Series||Himself|
|The World Tomorrow||2012||TV Series||Himself - Host|
|Shadows of Liberty||2012||Documentary||Himself - Founder of WikiLeaks|
|Traqués! Enquête sur les marchands d'armes numériques||2012||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|The Simpsons||2012||TV Series||Himself|
|True Stories: Wikileaks - Secrets and Lies||2011||Documentary||Himself|
|Frontline||2011||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|WikiLeaks Revelations||2011||TV Movie||Himself|
|Wikileaks: War, Lies and Videotape||2011||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|60 Minutes||2011||TV Series documentary||Himself (segment "The Man Behind Wikileaks")|
|Julian Assange: A Modern Day Hero? Inside the World of Wikileaks||2011||Documentary||Himself - Chief Editor, Wikileaks|
|The Dylan Ratigan Show||2010||TV Series||Himself|
|The War You Don't See||2010||Documentary||Himself|
|WikiRebels: The Documentary||2010||TV Movie documentary||Himself - WikiLeaks spokesperson|
|Good Morning America||2010||TV Series||Commentator: Wikileaks|
|The Colbert Report||2010||TV Series||Himself|
|Democracy Now!||2010-2015||TV Series||Himself|
|The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||2014||TV Series||Himself - Interview via Hologram|
|Terms and Conditions May Apply||2013||Documentary||Himself - Editor-in-Chief, WikiLeaks|
|We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks||2013||Documentary||Himself - Founder, WikiLeaks|
|Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories||2012||TV Series||Himself - Wiki Founder|
|We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists||2012||Documentary||Himself - Founder, WikiLeaks|
|Rise Like Lions||2011||Documentary||Himself|
|60 Minutes||2011||TV Series documentary||Himself (segment "The Man Behind Wikileaks")|
|Panorama||2011||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Page One: Inside the New York Times||2011||Documentary||Himself|
|The Hour||2010||TV Series||Himself|
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|1||London, England: Living in the Ecuadorian embassy after being granted political asylum by Ecuador. [June 2012]|
|2||Was hospitalized for depression in 1992.|
|3||Announced plan to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in September 2013 federal election.|
|4||Australian Aboriginal, French, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.|
|5||Created the Wikileaks website in 2006.|
|6||Has a son named Daniel and a daughter.|
|7||His biological parents are John Shipton and Christine Ann Hawkins. His mother later married Richard Assange who adopted him.|
|1||Feature films are the most powerful and insidious shapers of public perception, because they fly under the radar of conscious exclusion.|
|2||[from a letter to Benedict Cumberbatch on his participation in The Fifth Estate (2013)] You will be used as a hired gun, to assume the appearance of the truth in order to assassinate it. To present me as someone morally compromised and to place me in a falsified history. To create a work, not of fiction, but of debased truth. Not because you want to, of course, but because - in the end - you are a jobbing actor who gets paid to follow the script, no matter how debauched. Your skills play into the hands of people who are out to remove me and WikiLeaks from the world. I believe that you should reconsider your involvement in this enterprise.|
|3||I can't stand these people who say they would never do anything different. That simply means that they have not learned a single thing from their experiences.|
|4||What is the possible benefit? Can this material save lives? Can it improve the quality of life in Iraq? Can it tend to shape our perceptions of how war should and should not be conducted? Can it shape our perceptions of who should be conducting war and in what manner? And the answer to that is a clear yes.|
|5||Well, there's a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform. And there's a lot of information. So information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing, that's a really good signal that when the information gets out, there's a hope of it doing some good.|
|6||Well, I mean, the real attack on truth is tabloid journalism in the United States.|
|7||We released 400,000 classified documents, the most extraordinary history of a war to ever have been released in our civilization. Those documents cover 109,000 deaths. That is serious matter.|
|8||We like to engage in a normal publishing effort, which is to act in a responsible manner and make sure the material is not likely to harm anyone, that it is properly investigated by quality news organizations, and by lawyers and human rights groups and so on.|
|9||WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical.|
|10||Wikileaks is a mechanism to maximize the flow of information to maximize the amount of action leading to just reform.|
|11||We have some material on spying by a major government on the tech industry. Industrial espionage.|
|12||We have a way of dealing with information that has sort of personal - personally identifying information in it. But there are legitimate secrets - you know, your records with your doctor; that's a legitimate secret. But we deal with whistleblowers that are coming forward that are really sort of well motivated.|
|13||We don't have sources who are dissidents on other sources. Should they come forward, that would be a tricky situation for us. But we're presumably acting in such a way that people feel morally compelled to continue our mission, not to screw it up.|
|14||These megaleaks... They're an important phenomenon, and they're only going to increase.|
|15||These big-package releases. There should be a cute name for them.|
|16||The supply of leaks is very large. It's helpful for us to have more people in this industry. It's protective to us.|
|17||In the history of Wikileaks, nobody has claimed that the material being put out is not authentic.|
|18||As we've gotten more successful, there's a gap between the speed of our publishing pipeline and the speed of our receiving submissions pipeline. Our pipeline of leaks has been increasing exponentially as our profile rises, and our ability to publish is increasing linearly.|
|19||We get information in the mail, the regular postal mail, encrypted or not, vet it like a regular news organization, format it - which is sometimes something that's quite hard to do, when you're talking about giant databases of information - release it to the public and then defend ourselves against the inevitable legal and political attacks.|
|20||We always expect tremendous criticism. It is my role to be the lightning rod ... to attract the attacks against the organization for our work, and that is a difficult role. On the other hand, I get undue credit.|
|21||True information does good.|
|22||That's a problem. I mean, like any sort of growing startup organization, we are sort of overwhelmed by our growth. And that means we're getting enormous quantity of whistleblower disclosures of a very high caliber, but don't have enough people to actually process and vet this information.|
|23||I mean there's enormous pressures to harmonize freedom of speech legislation and transparency legislation around the world - within the E.U., between China and the United States. Which way is it going to go? It's hard to see.|
|24||As we have seen, WikiLeaks is a robust organization. During my time in solitary confinement in the basement of a Victorian prison, we continue to release, our media partners continued to write stories. The important revelations from this material continue to come out. We have approximately 2,000 cables into 250,000.|
|25||It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there's always a bad reaction. So we see that controversy, and we believe that is a good thing to engage in.|
|26||If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.|
|27||When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like.|
|28||Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behaviour.|
|29||In my role as Wikileaks editor, I've been involved in fighting off many legal attacks. To do that, and keep our sources safe, we have had to spread assets, encrypt everything, and move telecommunications and people around the world to activate protective laws in different national jurisdictions.|
|30||The corruption in reporting starts very early. It's like the police reporting on the police.|
|31||Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship.|