Julian Assange
Julian Assange

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."