Julian Assange is well known for his Wikileaks work, his notorious exposure of war crimes by the U.S. military and his 8 year stint in the Ecuadorian Embassy but there is a lot of information you may not know. I am going to a comprehensive list I have found to be interesting for your consumption.
According to Wikipedia:
During all of this Assange was basically raising his son Daniel alone.
Can you name another journalist who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 7 times? Not once or twice, but 7 times! He also received another amazing award. According to The Register article:
The Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded its gold medal for peace with justice to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In the fourteen-year history of the Foundation, only three others have received the prize: the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda.
As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Assange received the award for his “exceptional courage and initiative in pursuit of human rights”.
If that’s not amazing, what is? Yet the United States wants his head on a platter like John the Baptist for simply telling the truth. America has become the land of preferred ignorance when it comes to the crimes of it’s own government.
He won the Time magazine’s Person of the Year award and has been nominated many times since as well.
Through Wikileaks, he founded the only news organization to publish straight from the source documents, dropbox source protection and the largest group of leaked CIA documents in history.
Unfortunately, he now bears the title of first publisher/journalist to be indicted for publishing truthful documents in U.S. history and the title the “4.6 Billion Dollar Man.” This is due to Ecuador basically selling his refugee status and him into the biggest sale of a human being for an IMF loan and new trade deals ever.
He has also been named such smears as “Russian operative” ( even though there are something like 800k documents on Russia on wikileaks.org), narcisstic, “spy”, “founder of an hostile nonstate intelligence organization” according to Mike Pompeo, and Joe Biden’s “high tech terrorist” title. On the plus side he’s been hailed a hero, a protector of the innocent, a truthteller, a prophet but most of all he is simply a human being. A human being with amazing, courage, integrity and stamina.
An incredibly intelligent man, it has been rumored his IQ is above 170.
Most may view Assange as some sort of computer geek but he was always physically active. He rode a motorcycle through Viet Nam and spent 6 months in the Australian “bush.” He also climbed a mountain.
There are so many fascinating facts about Assange it would take a book to cover them all. Needless to say, hero, journalist or human rights advocate, Assange should be praised, not indicted.