24 Facts About Assange

1. Julian Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012 and applied for political asylum, seeking protection from US political persecution and attempts to imprison him over his work as the publisher of WikiLeaks.

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2. Julian Assange got married when he was 18 and has a son.

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3. In 1991 Julian Assange hacked into the computer system of Canadian company Nortel.

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4. Julian Assange is known to communicate with friends via encrypted cell phones.

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5. Julian Assange started a bachelor of science degree at Central Queensland University focusing on math.

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6. Julian Assange was been threatened by the Church of Scientology, the President of Kenya, Russian off-shore stem-cell centers, the Pentagon, and nearly everyone else.

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7. In 2006, Assange began work on Wikileaks, a Web site intended to collect and share confidential information on an international scale.

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8. In October 2010, Assange told a major Moscow newspaper that "The Kremlin had better brace itself for a coming wave of WikiLeaks disclosures about Russia".

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9. In 2010, Assange said the organisation was registered as a library in Australia, a foundation in France, and a newspaper in Sweden, and that it used two United States-based non-profit 501c3 organisations for funding purposes.

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10. On 26 September 2018, Julian Assange stepped down as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

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11. In 2006, Assange began work on WikiLeaks, a website intended to collect and share confidential information on an international scale.

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12. On 2 March 2011, Assange's lawyers lodged an appeal with the High Court challenging the decision to extradite him to Sweden.

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13. On 5 December 2011, Assange was refused permission by the High Court to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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14. On 18 August 2010, Assange had applied for a work and residence permit in Sweden.

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15. From this location, Assange recorded a series of interviews that were collected as The World Tomorrow, a talk show that debuted online and on the state-funded Russian satellite news network RT in April 2012.

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16. Julian Assange is one of the famous journalists of this time due to his founding of WikiLeaks.

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17. On 1 March 2011, Assange released a statement in which he said, "Hislop has distorted, invented or misremembered almost every significant claim and phrase.

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18. The UK said it would arrest Assange should he leave the Ecuadorian embassy.

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19. On 19 October 2018, BBC News reported that Assange was starting legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms".

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20. In September 2016, Assange said he would agree to US prison in exchange for President Obama granting Chelsea Manning clemency.

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21. In 2012, Assange hosted a television show on RT, a network funded by the Russian government.

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22. From 2007 to 2010, Assange travelled continuously on WikiLeaks business, visiting Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

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23. In 1993, Assange gave technical advice to the Victoria Police Child Exploitation Unit and assisted with prosecutions.

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24. In September 1991, Assange was discovered hacking into the Melbourne master terminal of Nortel, a Canadian multinational telecommunications corporation.

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