Name: Julian Paul Assange
Born: July 3, 1971
Occupation: Author and publisher
Julian Assange was born on July 3, 1971 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. He is the son of John Shipton, a builder and anti-war activist, and Christine Ann Hawkins, a visual artist. His parents were separated prior to his birth; Julian’s mother would marry Richard Brett Assange, an actor. The couple divorced when he was just eight years old; she would then become involved with Leif Meynell.
Living a nomadic childhood, Julian had attended an array of schools, including the Goolmangar Primary School, New South Wales and Townsville State High School. In 1994, Julian would study mathematics, physics and programming at Central Queensland University. In 2003, he continued his studies at the University of Melbourne.
In his teenage years, Julian married Teresa, and in 1989 they had a son together, Daniel, who works as a software designer. The couple later separated and entered into a custody dispute. Julian now resides in the Ecuador embassy in London, England.
Julian started his hacking career in 1987 as part of an organization he founded called the International Subversives. He and two others had infiltrated the Pentagon, the U.S. Navy, NASA, Citibank, Lockheed Martin, Xerox and the Australian National University. In 1991, Julian was found to hack the Melbourne master terminal of Nortel and was found guilty of 25 charges. Following his trial, he relocated to Melbourne and lived on a single-parent income support.
In 1993, Julian provided technical advice to the Victoria Police Child Exploitation Unit and founded the first public Internet service provider in Australia: the Suburbia Public Access Network. A year later, he would start to program by authoring and co-authoring an array of programs and languages. For the next couple of years, he provided research to books and co-founded Earthmen Technology. In 1999, Julian registered leaks.org, a website where he revealed a National Security Agency (NSA) patent that tapped everyone’s overseas phone calls and provided data to foreign spy agencies.
By 2006, Julian and others formed WikiLeaks, a transparency organization, in which he is the editor-in-chief. Since then, WikiLeaks has published more than 10 million documents and maintains a 100 percent accuracy rate. The group’s leaks have included Collateral Murder, a video that showed U.S. soldiers targeting 18 people from a helicopter, the Iraq War logs, the diplomatic cables, the Afghanistan War logs, the Guantanamo Files, the NSA spy program and the Hillary Clinton campaign staff emails.
The U.S. government has been attempting to prosecute Julian under the Espionage Act of 1917. He has also been accused of sexual assault, which Julian actively denies and claims it’s just a plot perpetrated by governments.
Julian has been awarded a great number of awards, including Amnesty International UK Media Awards; Reader’s Choice TIME Person of the Year, People’s Choice Global Exchange Human Rights Award, Big Brother Awards Hero of Privacy and Voltaire Award for Free Speech.
He has published four books: “Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier,” “Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet,” “When Google Met WikiLeaks” and “The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to the US Empire.”
We estimate that Julian Assange’s net worth is $300,000 (2015).
So how much is $300,000 really?
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