Ever wonder where Wikileaks started? The obvious answer is that it started in Julian Assange’s head but how and why? A man who started out as a simple Australian who was obsessed with computers and hacking became one of the most powerful men in the world by exposing the truth of corruption in the governments of the world. It was founded by it’s publisher and editor in 2006.
While Julian was a teenager he became a hacker named Mendex and discovered some of the corruption in government websites. I do believe this is when Julian began to become an activist. In September, 1991, Julian was discovered hacking into the Melbourne master terminal of Nortel. Soon after he was arrested for the hack. He became a computer programmer and he was involved in starting one of the first public Internet service providers in Australia, Suburbia Public Access Network.
After a period of study at Melbourne University, Julian established Wikileaks. Shortly before this Julian worked with other mathematicians and coding experts to develop an encryption code that would be almost impenetrable for a decade. He used this encryption to protect leakers who brought information to his new organization.
Julian initially formed
@Wikileaks with the idea of giving people in dictatorships or regimes like China a safe way to expose them. He never expected the avalanche of material from the US. Wikileaks was publishing for 4 yrs before the Manning documents were even given to the publisher. Originally, wikileaks was not focused on the US at all. Quite the opposite. The idea was to give a safe platform for those from non democratic brutal regimes. Check out ”The Cry of Blood Report” from Kenya prior to US stuff. He won an award for that. It exposed judicial kidnappings & killings in Kenya.
Wikileaks came to global prominence in 2010 with the Manning leaks which contained a video and cables discussing the war crimes committed in Iraq by the US government. These leaks included the Collateral Murder video (April 2010), the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), and CableGate (November 2010). Following the 2010 leaks, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and asked allied nations for assistance.
In November 2010, a request was made to the UK government to extradite Assange to Sweden over previous allegations of rape. Julian expressed concern over the possibility that he would actually be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage and treason. Simply put, the publisher was going to be prosecuted for using his 1st amendment rights to free press. He was granted asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in August of 2013 and has remained there since.
During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Wikileaks released a series of emails titles the DNC leaks and the Podesta emails. These would expose the corruption involved in the Clinton campaign as well as other criminal activities involving the Clintons. The US asked Ecuador to shut off his internet until the election was over. In February of this year, Wikileaks began publishing Vault 7 a series of leaks from the CIA. The US government has admitted they now plan to indict Assange.
Many believe Julian is anti-American due to so many of the leaks pertaining to the US government. However, I do not believe Julian is. I think Julian is a campaigner for transparency and is against any kind of criminal activity on any government’s part. He is a human rights advocate and has exposed the autrocities of war. In fact, Julian is an information warrior and hero. Wikileaks is not a spy operation or a Russian operative as so many accuse it of being. It is simply an organization for truth and justice.
In ten years, Wikileaks has never had to retract any of it’s material. Rather than condemn Assange and Wikileaks, they should be applauded for doing what no one else was willing to do. Julian has given up his freedom for the truth. Please help this organization by donating to wikileaks or justice for assange . Thank you!