was reportedly born in 1971 in the city of Townsville, northeastern Australia. He was mostly homeschooled as a child, thanks in large part to his already peripatetic existence: by the time he was 14, he and his mother had reportedly moved 37 times.
After his mother's relationship with a musician turned violent, Assange lived on the run between the ages of 11 and 16.
When Assange turned 16, he began hacking computers, reportedly assuming the name Mendax - from the Latin splendide mendax, or "nobly untruthful."
Julian Assange Quotes
Whistleblowers often take very significant efforts to bring us material and often at very significant risks.
We get information in the mail, the regular postal mail, encrypted or not, vet it like a regular news organization, format it - which is sometimes something that's quite hard to do, when you're talking about giant databases of information - release it to the public and then defend ourselves against the inevitable legal and political attacks.
Journalism should be more like science. As far as possible, facts should be verifiable. If journalists want long-term credibility for their profession, they have to go in that direction. Have more respect for readers.
We don't have sources who are dissidents on other sources. Should they come forward, that would be a tricky situation for us. But we're presumably acting in such a way that people feel morally compelled to continue our mission, not to screw it up.
The goal is justice, the method is transparency. It's important not to confuse the goal and the method.
Vanity in a newspaper man is like perfume on a whore: they use it to fend off a dark whiff of themselves.