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Julian Assange


Julian Assange is the Australian founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, a library of over 10 million documents and multi-national media organisation established in 2006. WikiLeaks first came to international prominence in 2010 with the release of 91,000 reports in the Afghan War Diary on the reality of the war in Afghanistan, the Iraq War Logs, and more than 250,000 US State Department cables. 
 WikiLeaks has made draft after draft of trade agreements like TISA, TTIPTTP available, which affect 53 countries, 1.6 billion people and two thirds of the global economy but have been negotiated behind closed doors. WikiLeaks has provided extraordinary insight into how diplomacy, business, war and surveillance is conducted through releasing the email communications of Syrian political figures, the secretive hereditary dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, former CIA director James Brennan and Hillary Clinton, as well as corporations like Sony and private security consultancies like Hacking Team and Stratfor.  WikiLeaks was instrumental in arranging Edward Snowden’s safe passage from Hong Kong to Russia and has long sounded the alarm about the global mass surveillance industry and National Security Agency spying, including of the meetings of world leaders such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.  In February 2016 the UN found that he has been unlawfully detained without charge since December 7, 2010.Julian Assange has authored three books, Cypherpunks (2012), When Google met WikiLeaks (2014) The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to the US Empire (2015).


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