Quick facts
Birth date 3 Jul, 1971
Age 48 yrs
Occupations Journalist
Internet activist
Computer scientist
Television producer
Television director
Film producer
Business executive
Citizenship Australia
Birth place Townsville
Residence Embassy of Ecuador, London
Magnetic Island
HM Prison Belmarsh
Education Central Queensland University
University of Melbourne
Gender Male
Description Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist

Julian Paul Assange (born 3 July 1971) is an Australian publisher and journalist. He is known as the editor-in-chief of the website WikiLeaks, which he co-founded in 2006 after an earlier career in hacking and programming. WikiLeaks achieved particular prominence in 2010 when it published U.S. military and diplomatic documents leaked by Chelsea Manning. Assange has been under investigation in the United States since that time. In the same year, the Swedish Director of Public Prosecution opened an investigation into sexual offences that Assange is alleged to have committed. In 2012, facing extradition to Sweden, he was granted political asylum by Ecuador and took refuge at the Embassy of Ecuador in London.

Last Modified: Feb 13, 2020

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