(Publisher, Hacker?, Spook?)
|Born||Julian Paul Hawkins|
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
|Alma mater||Central Queensland University, University of Melbourne|
|Parents|| • Christine Assange|
• John Shipton
|Children|| • Gabriel|
|Spouse|| • Teresa Doe|
• Sarah Harrison
• Stella Moris-Smith Robertson
|Interest of||Polona Florijančič, Taylor Hudak, John Jones (lawyer), Joe Lauria, Dack Rouleau, Elizabeth Vos|
|Party||Independent, (since 2015), WikiLeaks, (2012—2015)|
A "hacktivist" of mysterious background, whose website, Wikileaks, has been the conduit for a lot of whistleblowing. His pronounced disinterest in 9/11 is particularly notable.
Julian Assange, born Julian Paul Hawkins, is an Australian programmer and Internet activist. In 2006 he founded Wikileaks. Facing arrest, Assange took refuge in June 2012 in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) reported he was being "arbitrarily detained". He was arrested in April 2019 and imprisoned in Belmarsh. In May 2019 allegations surfaced that he was being chemically tortured.
Craig Murray observed at the time that:
Julian Assange was born in Australia to Christine Ann Hawkins, a visual artist, and John Shipton, an anti-war activist and builder, who separated before their son was born. His mother married Richard Brett Assange when Julian was a year old. Assange had a nomadic childhood, and had lived in over thirty Australian towns and cities by the time he reached his mid-teens, when he settled with his mother and half-brother in Melbourne, Victoria. His mother "became involved with Leif Meynell, also known as Leif Hamilton, a member of Australian cult The Family, with whom she had a son before the couple broke up in 1982."
In 1986, he managed to hack into the Minerva system of mainframes operated by Australia's Overseas Telecommunications Commission in Sydney, as the entrance test into the Australian hacker community:
Assange was determined to access Minerva, both for bragging rights and to exploit the mainframes' capabilities to run scanning and cracking programs or other netherworld adventures. But he needed a password.
And the only way he knew to get one was through what hackers call "social engineering", simply calling up a human being and conning him or her into divulging secrets.
Hence the noisy layers of Shakespearean tragedy that the altogether sane young man was producing. Assange's sound show was for the benefit of his cassette recorder, the better to simulate the background chaos of a busy office. A few minutes later, he had found a valid number within an OTC branch office in Perth. And using his uncannily deep sixteen-year-old's voice while the noise-tape played behind him, he became "John Teller", a trustworthy operator in the Sydney office trying to check a few data points corrupted by a crashed storage drive.
He dialled and a man picked up. Assange introduced himself and began the game. "The back up tape is two days old, so we want to check your information is up-to-date so your service is not interrupted," he casually told the man who answered, not missing a beat.
"Oh dear. Yes. Let's check it," Assange's mark responded in a concerned tone. Assange read out a list of easily accessible information for Minerva staff users that he had downloaded, carefully inserting an error into one user's fax number. The voice on the other end interrupted helpfully: "Oh no, that's wrong, our fax number is definitely wrong," he said.
So Assange tried to match his victim's worried tone and explained that they would need to confirm all the user's information. "Let's see. We have your account number, but we had better check your password...what was it?"
"Yes, it's L-U-R-C-H–full stop." Lurch. Assange was in. He politely ended the conversation, gave his target a call back number that rang eternally busy, and hung up, victorious in the greatest hack of his young life.
Julian Assange was caught after a police raid in 1991, and charged in 1994 “with thirty-one counts of hacking and related crimes. In December 1996, he pleaded guilty to twenty-five charges (the other six were dropped), and was ordered to pay reparations of A$2,100 and released on a good behaviour bond. The perceived absence of malicious or mercenary intent and his disrupted childhood were cited to justify his lenient penalty.”
Julian Assange is the author of "Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet", published in November 2012:
The harassment of WikiLeaks and other Internet activists, together with attempts to introduce anti-file sharing legislation such as SOPA and ACTA, indicate that the politics of the Internet have reached a crossroads. In one direction lies a future that guarantees, in the watchwords of the cypherpunks, "privacy for the weak and transparency for the powerful"; in the other lies an Internet that allows government and large corporations to discover ever more about internet users while hiding their own activities. Assange and his co-discussants unpick the complex issues surrounding this crucial choice with clarity and engaging enthusiasm.
He is co-author with Suelette Dreyfus of "Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier", published 1997, which
tells the extraordinary true story of the computer underground, and the bizarre lives and crimes of an elite ring of international hackers who took on the establishment. Spanning three continents and a decade of high level infiltration, they created chaos amongst some of the world's biggest and most powerful organisations, including NASA and the US military. Brilliant and obsessed, many of them found themselves addicted to hacking and phreaking. Some descended into drugs and madness, others ended up in jail. As riveting as the finest detective novel and meticulously researched, "Underground" follows the hackers through their crimes, their betrayals, the hunt, raids and investigations. It is a gripping tale of the digital underground.
Nobel Peace Prize nomination
Stella Moris tweeted: "Nobel Peace Prize nomination deadline is 31 January 2022. Nominations are themselves protective, but a win would be so politically protective it would very likely secure Julian's freedom."
Czech Republic's Markéta Gregorová MEP responded: "Hi Stella, I will be nominating Julian for the Nobel Peace Prize, as a Member of the European Parliament. I plan on doing so tomorrow (28 January 2022), we are wrapping up the nomination text right now. I would be happy to coordinate together!"
- Full article: Wikileaks
- Full article: Wikileaks
In 2006, Assange set up Wikileaks, a website intended to publish leaked information. This has published a lot of information.
Ecuadorian embassy siege, Arrest and Trial
- Full article: Julian Assange/Imprisonment
- Full article: Julian Assange/Imprisonment
Views on 9/11
- Full article: 9-11
- Full article: 9-11
“I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud.”
Julian Assange (19 July 2010) 
By 2019, the original Belfast Telegraph page was changed to hide the 9-11 quote to anyone who had not logged in. The citation uses an archived version.
Webster Tarpley is highly critical for his public support for the 9-11/Official narrative and describes Wikileaks as a "modified limited hangout". It is thinkable that he made the point (even if he wasn't pressed to do so) to make Wikileaks more acceptable to decisionmakers in the commercially-controlled media, at a time when he (still) had to focus on relationship building.
However, on April 20, 2019 Caitlin Johnstone disputes claim Assange is a CIA intelligence asset-limited hangout: "Debunking All the Assange Smears" pointing out how can he possibly be a "CIA asset-limited hangout" and be imprisoned in Belmarsh, awaiting extradition to the U.S.? Note that Webster Tarpley stated Wikileaks is a modified limited hangout and not directly Julian Assange.
Brendon O'Connell offers an alternative explanation on Jan 5, 2022, Episode 90: "Assange, Snowden Russia And Israel"- The Great Game. According to O'Connell, Assange worked for KGB and Russian security services as an asset, offering a video history of his hacking, before Wikileaks.
|"Following 9/11, the CIA paved the way for the creation of ISIS"|
Documents by Julian Assange
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:Assange Statement on the start of Bradley Manning trial||statement||4 June 2013||Chelsea Manning|
|Document:Freedom and the Future of the Internet||book introduction||1 October 2012||Surveillance State|
Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet
|Document:Google and the NSA||article||24 August 2013||National Security Agency|
|Document:Guantanamo SOP Confirms Psychological Torture||article||17 November 2007||Torture|
Guantanamo Bay detention camp
|Standard operating procedures for military personnel running the Guatanamo Bay military prison confirm that the rules governing the treatment of its inmates amounts to systematic torture|
|Document:Julian Assange at Moment of Truth||Video transcript||15 September 2014||UKUSA|
|Speech by Julian Assange to the Moment of Truth event in New Zealand on 15 September 2014|
Quotes by Julian Assange
|Australia||“We should understand, Australia is part of the United States. It is part of this English-speaking empire, the center of gravity of which is the United States, the second center of which is the United Kingdom”...“Australia is a suburb in that arrangement. Our capital is Washington. The capital of Australia is DC. That’s the reality...That’s where the decisions are made.”|
|Mobile phone||“A mobile phone is a tracking device that also makes calls”||Cypherpunk Ethics: Radical Ethics for the Digital Age (2022) by Patrick D. Anderson|
|Donald Trump||“My analysis is that Trump would not be permitted to win. Why do I say that? Because he has had every establishment off his side. Trump does not have one establishment, maybe with the exception of the Evangelicals, if you can call them an establishment. Banks, intelligence, arms companies, foreign money, etc. are all united behind Hillary Clinton. And the media as well. Media owners, and the journalists themselves.”||November 2016||Julian Assange|
|Ilham Aliyev||“How do you assess what happened to Mr Assange? Is it a reflection of free media in your country?”||Ilham Aliyev||15 November 2020|
|COVID-19/Response||“To minimize COVID-19] infection the UK is granting early release to all non-violent, non-Julian Assange prisoners.”||Caitlin Johnstone||4 April 2020|
|Prison||“Should Assange die in a UK prison, as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has warned, he will effectively have been tortured to death. Much of that torture will have taken place in a prison medical ward, on doctors' watch. The medical profession cannot afford to stand silently by, on the wrong side of torture and the wrong side of history, while such a travesty unfolds. In the interests of defending medical ethics, medical authority, and the human right to health, and taking a stand against torture, together we can challenge and raise awareness of the abuses detailed in our letters. Our appeals are simple: we are calling upon governments to end the torture of Assange and ensure his access to the best available health care before it is too late. Our request to others is this: please join us...”||117 doctors||February 2020|
|Yanis Varoufakis||“The establishment, the Deep State, call it whatever you want, the oligarchy, they’ve become much, much better at character assassination than they used to be. Because back in the 1960s and 1970s, you know, they would accuse you of being a Communist. They would accuse me of being a Marxist. Well, I am a Marxist. I’m really not going to suffer that much if you accuse me of being a left-winger. I am a left-winger!
...Now what they do is something far worse. They accuse you of something that really hurts you. Calling somebody like us a racist, a bigot, an antisemite, a rapist. This is what really hurts because if anybody calls me a rapist today, right, even if it’s complete baloney, I feel as a feminist I have the need to give the woman, implied or involved somehow in this accusation, the opportunity to speak against me. Because that is what we left-wingers do.”
|Yanis Varoufakis||6 January 2021|
|Document:Assange Judge is 40-year "good friend" of Minister who orchestrated his arrest||Article||2 December 2021||Mark Curtis|
|Julian Assange’s fate lies in the hands of an Appeal Judge who is a close friend of Sir Alan Duncan - the former Foreign Office minister who called Assange a “miserable little worm” in Parliament|
|Document:Beyond Words||blog post||8 April 2020||Craig Murray||Nobody cultivates her own anonymity more than Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser who has her existence carefully removed from the Internet almost entirely. Yet she seeks to destroy the peace and young lives of Julian Assange’s family.|
|Document:Chelsea Manning released, faces new imprisonment for refusing to testify against Assange||Article||10 May 2019||Niles Niemuth||“The idea I hold the keys to my own cell is an absurd one, as I face the prospect of suffering either way due to this unnecessary and punitive subpoena: I can either go to jail or betray my principles,” Manning explained. “The latter exists as a much worse prison than the government can construct.”|
|Document:Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History Trembles.||blog post||12 April 2019||Craig Murray||Julian Assange said nothing during the whole brief proceedings, other than to say “Not guilty” twice, and to ask a one sentence question about why the charges were changed midway through this sham “trial”. Yet Judge Michael Snow condemned Assange as “narcissistic”.|
|Document:Civil Liberty Vanishes||blog post||6 May 2020||Craig Murray||"Serious questions have to be asked about why the UK government has developed its own unique app, universally criticised for its permanent central data collection and ability to identify individuals from their unique codes. That this is overseen by NHSX CEO Matthew Gould who held all those secret meetings with Liam Fox and Adam Werritty, including with Mossad, frankly stinks."|
|Document:Council of Europe sides with Julian Assange||Article||Sara Chessa||The attitude of European institutions is changing after years of silence which seemed to authorise or support the US and the United Kingdom’s behaviour in relation to an individual who is apparently deprived of the right to prepare his defence and deprived as well of his right to dignified psychophysical conditions. Now, the Council of Europe has decided to speak up on behalf of Julian Assange.|
|Document:Craig Murray’s jailing is the latest move in a battle to snuff out independent journalism||blog post||30 July 2021||Jonathan Cook||Assange and Murray are not only telling us troubling truths we are not supposed to hear. The fact that they are being denied solidarity by those who are their colleagues, those who may be next in the firing line, tells us everything we need to know about the so-called mainstream media: that the role of corporate journalists is to serve establishment interests, not challenge them.|
|Document:Diane Abbott – 2019 Speech on Julian Assange||Speech||11 April 2019||Diane Abbott||We only have to look at the treatment of Chelsea Manning to see what awaits Julian Assange if he is extradited to the US|
|Document:Eye Witness to the Agony of Julian Assange||Article||2 October 2020||John Pilger||In the Assange trial, the defendant was caged behind thick glass, and had to crawl on his knees to a slit in the glass, overseen by his guard, to make contact with his lawyers. His message, whispered barely audibly through face masks, was then passed by post-it the length of the court to where his barristers were arguing the case against his extradition to an American hellhole.|
|Document:FBI Fabrication Against Assange Falls Apart||blog post||29 June 2021||Craig Murray||The revelation that Sigi Thordarson’s allegations are fabricated – which everyone knew already, Vanessa Baraitser just pretended she didn’t – is just one more illegality that the Establishment will shimmy over in its continued persecution of Julian Assange.|
|Document:Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links||Article||5 June 2020||Matt Kennard||Keir Starmer did not become leader to help Labour win, but to restore establishment control over the party and vanquish the heretics that dared defy its agenda. For the forces he truly represents, the project has been a smashing success.|
|Document:Framing Russian meddling in the Catalan question||report||October 2017||Integrity Initiative/Cluster/Spain||An example of Projection by the Integrity Initiative. The Moncloa operation shows that the group itself has been involved in subverting the Spanish political process. This document accuses Russia of involvment in the Catalonia independence question.|
|Document:Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed||Article||18 February 2020||John Pilger||Sarah Ferguson's interview made no mention of a leaked document, revealed by WikiLeaks, called 'Libya Tick Tock', prepared for Hillary Clinton, which described her as the central figure driving the destruction of the Libyan state in 2011. This resulted in 40,000 deaths, the arrival of ISIS in North Africa and the European refugee and migrant crisis.|
|Document:Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug||Article||8 May 2019||Kurt Nimmo||The FBI, Pentagon, and CIA are “interviewing” Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison. The CIA Director Gina Haspel (aka Chemical Gina) has her hands in this one, and we are being told that Assange is being “treated” with BZ (a powerful drug that produces hallucinations).|
|Document:Julian Assange exposed the crimes of powerful actors, including Israel||blog post||19 April 2019||Alison Weir||Julian Assange has recently been honoured with the 2019 Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers & Defenders of the Right to Information and Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire has nominated him for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.|
|Document:Julian Assange is a suspected Russian intelligence asset||Article||24 February 2020||Susie Boniface||"If Assange was interested in avoiding extradition to the US, he'd have gone to Sweden to answer the charges that were unlikely to see a conviction, and where he had far less chance of being extradited. But if he really WERE a Russian intelligence asset... well, then it all makes sense." - except that what it really makes is nonsense.|
|Document:Keir Starmer is a Long-Time Servant of the British Security State||Article||2 March 2021||Oliver Eagleton||Keir Starmer is sometimes praised for being an outsider in the world of politics (or mocked as too lawyerly and insufficiently political). But in reality, much of his work as Director of Public Prosecutions blurred the boundaries between prosecutor and politician – following the dictates of the Cameron coalition, negotiating with foreign officials on its behalf, and dropping or pursuing cases according to its interests.|
|Document:Media Freedom? Show me the MSM Journalist Opposing the Torture of Assange||blog post||7 September 2020||Craig Murray||At a time when the government is mooting designating Extinction Rebellion as Serious Organised Crime, right wing bequiffed muppet Keir Starmer was piously condemning the group, stating: “The free press is the cornerstone of democracy and we must do all we can to protect it.”|
|Document:Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange||Article||2 August 2019||Oscar Grenfell||Judge Koeltl further undermined the claims of the Trump administration, the Democrats and the media that Julian Assange is a “hacker,” undeserving of First Amendment protections. In other words, the attempt to extradite Assange to the US and prosecute him is a frontal assault on the US Constitution and press freedom.|
|Document:Muellergate and the Discreet Lies of the Bourgeoisie||Blog post||1 April 2019||Craig Murray||The capacity of the mainstream media repeatedly to promote the myth that Russia caused Clinton’s defeat, while never mentioning what the information was that had been so damaging to Hillary, should be alarming to anybody under the illusion that we have a working “free media”.|
|Document:Murray Scottish Appeal Denied; Allowed to Try UK Court||Article||8 June 2021||Joe Lauria||Craig Murray may have been a Crown target for the contempt conviction because he was among few writers defending Alex Salmond and was vindicated by Salmond’s acquittal. Murray has been a fierce advocate for his friend Julian Assange, the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher, whom the United States is trying to extradite from Britain.|
|Document:No fair hearing for Assange at the Guardian||article||5 February 2016||Jonathan Cook||Demonstrates the Establishment-friendly double standards of the UK's flagship 'Left-wing' newspaper - The Guardian - through analysis of its coverage of a UN decision on the political asylum of Julian Assange|
|Document:On the Pavement with Wikileaks||blog post||7 April 2019||Craig Murray||Pretty well all of the Western media is going to want to focus on these false anti-Assange narratives, and they will be determined to give as little attention as possible to the fact he is a publisher facing trial for publishing leaked state documents which revealed state wrongdoing. It is a classic and fundamental issue of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.|
|Document:People Need to Reclaim the Internet||blog post||19 October 2020||Craig Murray||The development of social media gatekeeping of internet traffic is one of the key socio-political issues of our time. We need the original founders of the Internet to get together with figures like Richard Stallman and – vitally – Julian Assange – to find a way we break free from this.|
|Document:Revenge Is Mine Saith Washington||article||20 November 2018||Paul Craig Roberts||An abridged article about the persecution of Julian Assange. It illustrates the depths to which elementary notions of justice have sunk in the West - and especially in the UK and USA - where perceived threats to Deep State interests are involved.|
|Document:Sex, Lies and Julian Assange||Transcript||23 July 2012||Andrew Fowler||He humiliated the most powerful country in the world. But his relationship with two Swedish women, and their claims of sexual assault, may yet destroy Julian Assange.|
|Document:So Where is the Swedish Warrant?||blog post||27 April 2019||Craig Murray||All those Blairite MPs who seek to dodge the glaring issue of freedom of the media to publish whistleblower material revealing government crimes, by hiding behind trumped-up sexual allegations, are left looking pretty stupid.|
|Document:The 7 years of lies about Assange won’t stop now||Blog post||11 April 2019||Jonathan Cook||A brief resume of the lies and deceptions promoted by The Establishment about Julian Assange during his asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.|
|Document:The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History||Article||12 April 2019||John Pilger||Leni Riefenstahl, close friend of Adolf Hitler, whose films helped cast the Nazi spell over Germany told me that the message in her films, the propaganda, was dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the public: "When people no longer ask serious questions, they are submissive and malleable. Anything can happen.”|
|Document:The Assange Case Invalidates US Criticisms Of Russia: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix||Article||14 April 2022||Caitlin Johnstone||Just the fact that the US and UK are imprisoning a journalist for exposing the war crimes of a war criminal president — just that one fact by itself — completely invalidates all criticisms of Russia from Washington and its allies.|
|Document:The Broader View Reveals the Ugliest of Prospects||blog post||17 June 2019||Craig Murray||I find it hard to believe that I live in times where Julian Assange suffers as he does for telling the truth, where a dedicated anti-racist like Jeremy Corbyn is subjected to daily false accusations of racism and to US and security service backed efforts to thwart his democratic prospects, where the most laughable false flag is paraded to move us towards war with Iran, and where there is no semblance of a genuinely independent media.|
|Document:The CIA plot to kidnap or kill Julian Assange in London is a story that is being mistakenly ignored||Article||1 October 2021||Patrick Cockburn||Julian Assange and Jamal Khashoggi were targeted because they fulfilled the primary duty of journalists – telling the public what governments want to keep secret|
|Document:The Unrelenting State||blog post||31 May 2019||Craig Murray||Julian Assange: That the most lucid man I know is now not capable of having a rational conversation is extremely alarming.|
|Document:Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance||Op-ed||29 October 2017||Carole Cadwalladr||(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.)|
|Document:Whenever it truly matters, from Assange to Corbyn, George Monbiot cripples the left||Wikispooks Page||11 October 2022||Jonathan Cook||George Monbiot is treated by much of the left as a figurehead, one whose environmentalism earns him credibility and credit with the left on foreign policy issues, from Syria to Ukraine, in which he echoes the same talking points one hears from Keir Starmer to Liz Truss. While on matters at home, like Assange and Corbyn, he sucks the wind out of the left’s sails.|
|Document:Why I am Convinced that Anna Ardin is a Liar||blog post||11 September 2012||Craig Murray||To those useful idiots who claim that the way to test these matters is in court, I would say of course, you are right, we should trust the state always, fit-ups never happen, and we should absolutely condemn the disgraceful behaviour of those who campaigned for the Birmingham Six|
|Document:Wikileaks - Open Letter to the US Government||open letter||14 July 2011||RevolutionTruth|
- Document:Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug
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- "Reasons not to take the Julian Assange story at face value"
- "A visibility superstar"
- "This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information"
- "Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet"
- "Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier"
- "Assange should be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize - Fiancee"
- "Nominations are themselves protective, but a win would be so politically protective it would very likely secure Julian's freedom"
- "I will be nominating Julian for the Nobel Peace Prize, as a Member of the European Parliament"