Who is he: Julian Assange is the top honcho or director at WikiLeaks, an international group of hackers dedicated to spreading uncertainty among the powers that be. WikiLeaks does this by encouraging leaks of private information and then making them public. The leaks have been controversial and caused discomfort to various government officials, especially of the US.
Assange himself, born in Australia, has been named as a top hacker before taking over WikiLeaks, which was previously a smaller and more modest entity, which published its first document in December 2006. Assange was in trouble with the law as a youth and was arrested and threatened with jail time. WikiLeaks marked a substantial turnaround for Assange, whose name and profile were directly associated with what has become one of the most famous entities in the world. Assange is similarly famous.
Most recently, Assange has been embroiled in a sex scandal in Sweden where two women have accused him of rape. Assange left Sweden, where he'd been staying, and traveled to Britain where a Swedish prosecutor filed an extradition order.
Assange was remanded to a sprawling country mansion in England and because of the conditions of his detainment lowered his profile. Since June 2012 he has taken up residence in the Ecuadorian Consulate in London where he has been granted diplomatic asylum. Assange is subject to a European Arrest Warrant for charges of sexual assault in Sweden, and the US has designated him an enemy of the state and continues to investigate the ability to prosecute.
Generally, Assange is a mysterious man and it is difficult to discern fact from fiction as far as the details surrounding him. There is an almost movie-like backstory to Assange's life, including apparent run-ins with Australian intel agencies when very young (at which point a relationship could have been generated).
The leaks themselves have tended to support current Anglo-American power elite objectives – vilifying Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia (among other countries) while doing very little damage to the strategic objectives of the West. Others have assailed Assange more directly. For instance, critics in the alternative media have noted his links to the Rothschilds via The Economist magazine, a financial publication controlled by the Rothschild banking family. Assange received an award from The Economist and was also featured in an Economist.com video clip.
Background: Julian Paul Assange was born in Australia and spent his childhood, according to Assange, on the run from a demented father. In the process, Assange attended over 30 different schools. Today, a famous hacker and hacker-philosopher, Assange runs WikiLeaks, which leaks classified information to encourage government (and private) transparency among the rich, famous and powerful.
In 2010 WikiLeaks began, together with five significant newspapers, to gradually release over 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables, some of which have caused a stir. As has become habitual with WikiLeaks, the leaks are for the most part embarrassing but not explosive. Critics say this is further evidence that WikiLeaks is a kind of false flag.
The theory is that by establishing Assange in such a high profile way, any utterances of his become front-page news, which would be an extremely cynical power elite ploy. What Assange then provides to them is a wonderful amount of faux-credibility. As a technology gangster, anything Assange says or leaks becomes fodder for news stories spread far and wide. In this view, he has been created and positioned as an unparalleled tool of propaganda.
It is true that Julian Assange has attracted an enormous amount of attention yet his leaks for the most part have not amounted to much. Some would speculate that the only way he could have garnered so much attention is if the Anglosphere elites themselves were behind him, the idea being that the mainstream media would never pay him so much attention otherwise.
Apparently a full-fledged Hollywood movie is in the works. Books are being written about him and Assange himself was paid millions to write his own autobiography.
Meanwhile, one of his leakers, US soldier Bradley Manning faces a court martial that could end up with a life sentence. Assange promised that WikiLeaks would aid any of its leakers that were "outed." So far, no aid has been forthcoming for Manning from WikiLeaks, so far as has been made public. Another hacker group called Anonymous threatened a cyber-attack to disrupt and harass Quantico (where Manning was then being held in maximum-security solitary confinement) in an effort called "Operation Bradical." Manning has since been transferred to a medium security facility in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
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