Assange actively tries to undermine various deep state alliances by releasing classified material via his website. He is no fan of Hillary Clinton, having exposed Democratic National Committee corruption.
Assange, who released Bush administration documents in the run-up to the Iraq war, and later Obama administration misdeeds in the Hillary Clinton email scandal, Arab Spring and Benghazi massacre, has gone from hero-to-zero among Democrats, with an inverse sentiment among Republicans over the past decade.
He was born to a travelling theater troupe. During his childhood, his mother divorced his father and married a new age singer, whom she eventually fled with Julian due to his being extremely abusive. His mother noted that he had a very opinionated view of right and wrong.
He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Melbourne. He wrote Strobe, the first free and open-source port scanner, and contributed to the book Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier.
Prior to WikiLeaks, Assange was involved with an organization of computer hackers and was arrested for his involvement with the group in 1991. After the arrest, he became an independent programmer. Most of the software he produced was designed to keep whistleblowers and dissidents anonymous.
Assange has a son in Australia.
Activism and exhile
As of November 18, 2010, there is a warrant out for his arrest in Sweden. Assange was previously investigated for rape, but the charges were ultimately dropped. However, there is an international warrant for Assange, as he is wanted for questioning in Sweden in relation to a rape investigation. On June 19, 2012, Ricardo Patiño, the Ecuadorian foreign minister, announced that Assange had applied for political asylum and that the Ecuadorian government was analyzing his request. At that time, Assange was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. On August 16, Patiño announced that the Ecuadorian government was granting Assange political asylum. It is not clear how, if ever, Assange will be able to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy grounds.
His anarchistic hope is that faith in government will decline and individuals will take on more personal responsibilities for their lives. It is not clear how exposing classified documents of democratic countries will encourage people to become more responsible for their lives. He also implied in a piece for The Guardian newspaper that his sympathies lay towards Latin American liberation struggles, and that he grew up believing in Marxism-Leninism. Assange is an admirer of Rand Paul. He also makes clear he does his leaking specifically to denounce America as a world power, adhering to more anti-American views and explicitly desiring to humiliate America in front of its allies, contrary to Obama's claims that the world hated Bush instead of America itself. Ironically, several of the documents Assange leaked actually confirmed what most American war hawks stated regarding the War on Terror, such as the Taliban beheading prisoners as well as foreign allies appreciating American involvement.
In January 2017 Assange's legal team approached Adam Waldman to see if the new Trump administration would negotiate with the WikiLeaks founder, holed up in Ecuador's London embassy. Waldman met three times with Assange during January and February 2017 in London. The hope was that Waldman, a former Clinton Justice Department official, might navigate the U.S. law enforcement bureaucracy and find the right person to engage.
Waldman contacted Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr on behalf of Assange. They met in Washington DC on February 3, 3017. Within 24 hours of the Ohr meeting, Waldman was referred to Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence, David Laufman of the National Security Division.
Assange made clear that he would never compromise his sources, or stop publishing information, but was willing to consider concessions, like redactions or "risk mitigation." This was viewed as a positive sign by the US intelligence community, if not as a means of neutralizing or stopping WikiLeaks, at least controlling it.
A few days after the negotiations opened in mid-February, Waldman reached out to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner; Waldman wanted to see if the Senate Intelligence Committee wanted any contact with Assange. Assange was offering to prove that Russia was not WikiLeaks’ source of the DNC emails.
Sen. Mark Warner engaged with Adam Waldman over encrypted text messages, Warner then reached out to FBI Director Jimmy the Weasel Comey. Although the response to Assange's offer to help was positive among Department of Justice officials, Warner relayed Comey's response to Waldman: "stand down."
Waldman could not believe that Warner and Comey were sending a different message than the Department of Justice, so he went back to David Laufman, who assured him the negotiations were still on. Laufman's response when he heard Waldman was told to "stand down" was, "That's B.S. You are not standing down and neither am I."
"The constructive, principled discussions with DOJ that occurred over nearly two months were complicated by the confusing 'stand down' message," Waldman said. The double dealing sowed distrust in Assange's camp.
On April 7, 2017, Assange released Vault 7 with the specifics of some of the CIA malware used for cyber attacks. It had immediate impact: A furious U.S. government backed out of the negotiations, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo slammed WikiLeaks as a "hostile intelligence service."
Vault 7 included disclosure of a tool called “Marble Framework,” which enabled the CIA to hack into computers, disguise who hacked in, and falsely attribute the hack to someone else by leaving so-called tell-tale signs — like Cyrillic, for example. The CIA documents also showed that the “Marble” tool had been employed in 2016.
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), which includes among members two former Technical Directors of the National Security Agency, has repeatedly called attention to its conclusion that the DNC emails were leaked — not “hacked” by Russia or anyone else.Journalist Ray McGovern noted the episode reveals
"a cynical decision to put U.S. intelligence agents and highly sophisticated cybertools at risk, rather than allow Assange to at least attempt to prove that Russia was not behind the DNC leak. The greater risk to Warner and Comey apparently would have been if Assange provided evidence that Russia played no role in the 2016 leaks of DNC documents."
Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, reported to be one of the sources in the Steele dossier and who provided some funding along with the FBI, the DNC, and Clinton campaign, visited Assange nine times over 2017. Deripaska is said to have provided the notorious 'pee-pee' allegations. Deripaska was anxious to cover up his role after Trump's election. Waldman is Deripaska's DC attorney.
A year later Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein indicted 12 Russian nationals, who would never stand trial, to restart the myth of Russian hacking the DNC. The indictment was intended to cover-up the corrupt activities of the Obama DOJ and Democrats as their collusion with Russia was exposed.
Secretary Hillary Clinton proposed, "Can't we just drone him?" House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said he would only speak with Assange "when he's in chains." Assange has always maintained that he did not receive Clinton and Podesta emails from Russian operatives, and put a $25,000 reward for the murder of whistleblower Seth Rich. This contradicts the fake news narrative of "Russian hacking the DNC."
While "Russian hacking" did occur in the 2016 Presidential election, more accurately "Russian attempted hacking of state election boards," evidence of "Russian hacking the DNC" has been debunked despite Rod Rosenstein, Adam Schiff, and their liberal media allies efforts to breath fresh life into the false narrative.
During the trial of Chelsea Manning, Gov. Sarah Palin called for Assange to be pursued "with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders." Former Gov. Mike Huckabee remarked that those inside the U.S. Government who leaked information to Assange should be executed. One of President Obama's last acts of office was to commute Manning's sentence and release the him/her/them/the person. Many regarded Manning and Obama's actions as far-leftist treason.
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- US embassy cables culprit should be executed, says Mike Huckabee, The Guardian, December 1, 2010, Haroon Sidiqqui. "Mike Huckabee said, 'Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty'"