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He’s “The Hacker Robin Hood”

  He is a freedom fighter and a traitor; a spirited youth and a prisoner. Today, although he rarely manages WikiLeaks, the “Revelation Empire” he created still holds high the banner of “protecting citizens’ right to freedom of information” and fights against dirty insiders.

Julian Assange, creator of the Wikileaks website.

  On March 23, 2022, Julian Assange, who was behind bars, and Stella Morris, who was wearing a white gauze, held a world-renowned “prison wedding”. At this moment, Assange’s future is still uncertain, and what awaits the newlyweds is still full of unknown destiny.
From Assange to ‘Mendax’

  Assange was born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia in 1971. Assange’s mother, Christina, is an out-and-out “rebellious youth”. At the age of 17, she rode a motorcycle alone, took a tent and ran away from home, and joined a counter-culture circle. It was during this time that Christina fell in love with the tall and handsome young John Shipton. However, this adolescent love did not last long and died, Christina came to Townsville pregnant.
  When Assange turned one year old, his mother Christina married entertainer Brett Assange, who worked in the same troupe. Their puppet troupe often tours across the country, which has kept Assange living a life of nowhere. According to his own account, he has attended a total of 37 schools, of which he has attended 6 universities alone. This turbulent life experience has virtually shaped Assange’s adventurous character.
  In his youth, Assange was withdrawn and did not like to socialize with people, but he had a strong interest in exploring novelties. At the age of 16, Assange met a “new friend” – a “Commodore64” computer. With this computer, he began to explore the online world under the name of MendaX (MendaX). He was very talented and soon mastered the most exquisite hacking skills, and the name of MendaX became more and more. the louder. In the 1980s, when the Internet was just getting started, he became one of the first people in the world to be connected to the Internet. In the online world, he is almost omnipotent, freely entering and exiting the most confidential and cutting-edge areas on the Internet, and is also called by other hackers as “the programmer who can break into the most secure network in the world”. In the online world, Assange fell in love in the real world. Julian Assange, 18, married a 16-year-old local girl and gave birth to their child Daniel a year later.
  In 1991, Assange, who had just turned 20, set his sights on Northern Telecom Limited. Northern Telecom is a telecommunications company headquartered in Canada, as well as the largest telecommunications and information transmission equipment manufacturing company in Canada. Their computer systems are well protected, but Assange is like a land without people. He arrogantly Message the sysadmin “I’m having a great time on your system”. Still, Assange’s ambitions are far from being met. In September of the same year, he and 2 netizens from the internationally renowned hacker forum “Electronic Dream” formed a team called “Transnational Subversives”. This time, their goal was the network system with the highest level of protection in the world— — U.S. Department of Defense Network Information Center (NIC). Not surprisingly, they succeeded again. This is almost the most sensitive and secret place in the online world, which has become the playground of these three hackers.
  Frequent and rampant hacking has finally caught the attention of Australian police. The Australian Federal Police’s Southern Computer Crime Unit has launched an investigation called Operation Weather. At 11:00 pm on October 29, 1991, the police broke into the door and arrested Assange who was quickly typing on the keyboard in front of the computer. Soon after, his fellow hackers were also jailed. Because the Australian Federal Police lacks staff with high computer skills like Assange, their search and evidence collection on Assange has become the most difficult task in this case. After 3 years of unremitting efforts by the police, Assange was charged with 31 hacking crimes, of which 6 charges were dropped, and he finally pleaded guilty to 25 charges. The judge in charge of trying Assange believes that Assange’s hacking activities did not result in actual financial losses, just a gifted young man surfing the Internet out of curiosity. In the end the case ended with him being handed a small fine.

WikiLeaks, founded by Assange, broke the way of traditional media dissemination and directly presented the original documents to the public.

Assange was interviewed by Forbes magazine.

In February 2012, Assange appeared before the Supreme Court in London, England. The UK has lodged a final appeal against his extradition to Sweden and asked to be questioned over alleged “sex offences”.

  Although the result of this trial was very “friendly” to Assange, the three-year long waiting experience brought a devastating blow to his family – his wife left him with their children. Assange and his ex-wife started a protracted legal battle for custody of their children. In order to pay the high litigation costs, he has to work several jobs at the same time, trying his best to make money. Finally, after more than 30 hearings and appeals, he and his ex-wife reached an agreement in 1999 to give Assange custody of the children. Assange, who is only 28 years old, has almost lost his head overnight, and the battle for custody has also made Assange even more disappointed with the government authorities. At the same time, his political thought gradually matured. In a document he wrote called “Conspiracy Is Domination,” he expressed the view that the most crucial struggle in the human world is not the struggle between left and right or faith and reason, but the struggle of institutions. He firmly believes that the government can be more justly governed by information transparency and open communication. Driven by this belief, he founded Wikileaks in 2006.

From “Decryptor” to “Whistleblower”

  Although the names of WikiLeaks and Wikipedia have something in common, they have completely different missions and modes of operation. A more credible statement is that the “Wiki” in their names is taken from the initials of “What I know is”. In the Internet world, this kind of network refers to a website that can be edited online by multiple people and jointly build a community. Assange started WikiLeaks with the original intention of freedom of information and open secrets. In December of that year, WikiLeaks released the first declassified document for a small test – a “secret decision” signed by the leader of the Somali rebel “Islamic Court of Justice” on the assassination of Somali officials. The document quickly drew the attention of the world’s media to Assange, and WikiLeaks rose to prominence.
  ”The New Yorker” magazine once commented: Assange is committed to making the public live in a world without secrets, and he wants to become a “whistleblower” to expose all the secrets hidden by the government to the public. After Assange became the editor-in-chief of the website, he declared the three main purposes of the website: freedom of information, uncovering the truth, and creating and maintaining real history. This international non-profit media organization founded by Assange itself is very mysterious. The organization does not have its own fixed office address and office phone. Except for the founder Julian Assange, the identities of the remaining five core members of the organization are still today. Enigma, they use code names to communicate with each other using a specially encrypted chat tool. In addition to the five core members, the site has attracted hundreds of volunteers from all over the world, mainly responsible for uploading and publishing the secret documents collected by the site. These volunteers come from a wide range of sources, including teachers, journalists, legal professionals, technicians from large companies, scientists, etc. The servers used in their work are scattered all over the world, making it extremely difficult to track them. So far, the combination of top hackers and superb anonymity tools has created a “leak paradise”.
  Just a few years after its establishment, WikiLeaks has quickly become a “super site” that many politicians around the world are afraid of. It breaks the dissemination method that traditional media processes the first-hand documents and then publishes them to the public, and directly presents the original documents to the public. It is called “science news” with a considerable degree of objective truth by countless fans. So far, WikiLeaks has released more than 10 million declassified documents, including the secret list of the British Ministry of Defense, 70,000 private emails of French President Emmanuel Macron, the dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire, climatologists tampering with observational data, The Saudi king urged the United States to attack Iraq and other classified documents involving military, economic, environmental, political and other fields. The exposure of these sensitive documents has also ruined the political image that some politicians have worked so hard to build, especially the diplomatic image of the United States. This has led many countries to regard Assange as a huge threat to national security, targeting him and WikiLeaks.
  Most of the servers used by WikiLeaks at first came from some Internet companies located in Europe, but soon these servers began to be frequently hacked, and Assange was forced to start working with Amazon. The hosting server he leased belonged to Amazon. Under pressure from the U.S. government, WikiLeaks’ partnership with Amazon didn’t last long. Because of touching the interests of many big capitalists, in addition to server attacks, WikiLeaks also encountered a financial crisis and was blocked by many mainstream banks in Switzerland and the United States. Assange could only rely on the help of friends to survive. In order to prevent being assassinated, he even lived a life of hiding and wandering around. He dyed his hair black and white, grew a beard, and changed his residence and contact information frequently. Assange has become a “public enemy of the state”, and even his native Australia has said it will not provide him with protection. And in Sweden and Iceland, where his political environment is relatively relaxed, his personal safety is no longer guaranteed. On November 28, 2010, Swedish officials signed a warrant for Assange’s arrest on charges of “rape” and “indecent assault.” Interpol also issued a red notice on December 1. Finally, the desperate Assange chose to surrender to the British police. After paying £250,000 bail, he was granted a hard-earned and restricted “freedom”. In 2012, he entered the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK, starting his seven-year “prisoner of great power” career.
From “Godfather of Hacking” to “Prisoner of Great Power”

  Assange’s arrest sparked an uproar from all walks of life in the international community. Snowden, Assange’s colleague and a former NSA employee, said it was the darkest moment for press freedom. The “civil freedom of information” defended by Assange has a large number of loyal fans, and in order to defend the freedom of information, to defend Assange, they have launched fierce protests around the world. In the online world, some supporters used hacking techniques to attack websites that are not friendly to WikiLeaks, and websites such as MasterCard and Amazon fell one after another; in Assange’s home country, Australia, more than 50,000 people held a solidarity demonstration in front of the government building. Rally; in New York, USA, a large number of protesters held up propaganda boards with Assange’s face…

Assange, 50, is being held at Belmarsh Prison in London in 2021. On January 24, 2022, Assange successfully appealed to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the High Court of London made a further trial ruling on the previous judgment of his extradition to the United States. The picture shows Assange’s fiancee being interviewed.

On November 25, 2014, Assange and American linguist Noam Chomsky appeared on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK.

Time magazine cover.

  Assange’s asylum life at the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK has not been smooth sailing. At the beginning, his relationship with Ecuador had a honeymoon period. In 2018, Assange obtained the status of an Ecuadorian citizen. In order to facilitate Assange to enjoy more freedom, the embassy once wanted to give him the status of a diplomat. Assange’s room has a sofa, a TV, and a treadmill, and he himself can move freely within the embassy. Things took a turn for the worse in 2018, with the Ecuadorian embassy repeatedly expressing its dissatisfaction with Assange, claiming that his presence at the embassy incurs up to $6.2 million in security costs. The embassy also accused him of privately consulting security documents and abusing embassy guards. Finally, on April 11, 2019, he was forced to end his seven-year asylum career. A video recorded the scene when Assange was arrested again: Assange was dragged out of the embassy by seven or eight strong men. He was emotional and shouted to the crowd: “Britain must resist!”
  About Assange’s re-arrest The reason, the media have different opinions, but it is certain that it is closely related to the political situation in Ecuador. The first is the replacement of political leaders. The decision by the embassy to grant Assange political asylum was made by former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who said in a televised speech that he would welcome Assange to “permanently reside” in the embassy. Lenin Moreno, who was sworn in after the 2017 presidential election, was so unhappy with Assange that, in an interview with the Guardian, he even accused Assange of trying to turn the Ecuadorian embassy into a “spy center”. Second, Assange’s expulsion is tied to Ecuador’s deteriorating economic environment. In order to prevent Assange from being assassinated by spies from other countries, the embassy had to implement extremely high security measures, which brought huge security costs, but the Ecuadorian side received disproportionate benefits. Oil prices plummeted in 2015, causing Ecuador, which relies on oil exports as its main economic pillar, to face a severe financial crisis. To ease the pressure, the Moreno government must do its best to maintain relations with the United States, its largest trading partner. Finally, the multiple government documents exposed by Assange and WikiLeaks relentlessly revealed the dirty inside story of many countries and government leaders, and were regarded as a thorn in the eyes of many countries. The act of taking Assange seriously affected Ecuador’s diplomacy. After Assange’s re-arrest, Moreno’s government received a $4.2 billion aid deal from the International Monetary Fund, and many Western media have speculated that this may have something to do with Ecuador’s expulsion of Assange.
  On December 10, 2021, the British High Court ruled that Assange would be extradited to the United States. The ruling was a bolt from the blue for Assange and his supporters – if extradited to the United States, he would be charged with espionage and face up to 175 years in prison. Assange’s biological father, John Shipton, said in an interview with reporters that he was very worried that Assange might suffer after being extradited to the United States, considering the previous bizarre death of Jeffrey Epstein in a US prison. Doom, if Assange can be released, he hopes his family can spend Christmas together. On April 20, 2022, the United Kingdom’s Westminster District Court issued an extradition order, officially announcing the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States for trial. While his team of lawyers are preparing for a new round of appeals, Assange’s future is bleak.
  Today, the curtain on Assange’s extradition has not yet come to an end. The 50-year life of this “Hacker Robin Hood” is full of ups and downs, as he is a freedom fighter, a traitor, a spirited youth and a prisoner. Today, although he has rarely managed WikiLeaks, the “Revelation Empire” he created still holds high the banner of “protecting citizens’ right to freedom of information” and fights against dirty insiders.

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