25 Things You Didn’t Know About Julian Assange And WikiLeaks

With the new movie The Fifth Estate being released in a few days, curiosity surrounding Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is once again mounting. A hero to some and a villain to others these are 25 things you didn’t know about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

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He moved over 50 times as a child

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This translates into 37 different schools

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At 16 he began hacking under the name Mendax, meaning nobly truthful

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He's 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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According to him, he's not inspired by anarchy, but rather anti-stalinism

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He started a bachelor of science degree at Central Queensland University focusing on math

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He averaged a D and dropped out to focus on WikiLeaks

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He's a terrible houseguest known for being paranoid, having poor hygiene, and forgetting to flush

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Apparently he's good with kids though

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He was confined at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for 1 year.

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For the first two months consul Fidel Narvaez slept there to protect Assange from police hostilities

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On his 41st birthday he sent cake to all the demonstrators protesting his confinment outside the embassy walls

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He's been thrown out of people's houses due to fear that the CIA would come knocking

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In an effort to raise money for WikiLeaks, Assange has entertained some famous people while at the embassy

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For most of his life he had no home but spends much time in Sweden

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He is known to communicate with friends via encrypted cell phones.

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He only uses cash and often travels under false names

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He says he practices "Scientific Journalism". Just as scientists provide raw data with their analysis, he provides sources for people to make their own decisions

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Some higher ups are calling for Wikileaks to be labeled a terrorist organization

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As a teenager he cowrote Underground: Tales of Hacking

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In 1991 he hacked into the computer system of Canadian company Nortel

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He got married when he was 18 and has a son

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He is now separated and after a long court battle reached a custody agreement with his wife.

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He has been accused of molestation by two Swedish women and is now on Interpol's most wanted list.

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A movie about Wikileaks is being released soon called The Fifth Estate and apparently Julian is not a fan

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