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Julian Paul Assange (born 3 July 1971) is an Australian published journalist, software developer and Internet activist. He is the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for worldwide news leaks, with the stated purpose of creating open governments. Assange was a hacker in his youth, before becoming a computer programmer. He has lived in several countries and has made public appearances in many parts of the world to speak about freedom of the press, censorship and investigative journalism.

Assange serves on the Wikileaks advisory board. He has published material about extrajudicial killings in Kenyatoxic waste dumping in Côte d'IvoireChurch of Scientology manualsGuantanamo Bay procedures, and banks such as Kaupthing and Julius Baer. In 2010, he published Iraq War documents and Afghan War documents about American involvement in the wars, some of which was classified material. On 28 November 2010, WikiLeaks and its five international print media partners (Der SpiegelThe New York TimesLe MondeThe Guardian and El País) began publishingU.S. diplomatic cables.[13]

Assange has received a number of awards and nominations, including the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award for publishing material aboutextrajudicial killings in Kenya and Readers' Choice for Time magazine's 2010 Person of the Year.[14]

Assange has appealed a February 2011 decision by English courts to extradite him to Sweden for questioning in relation to a sexual assault investigation.[15][16][17][18] He has said the allegations of wrongdoing are "without basis".[19] A two-day High Court hearing is scheduled to start on 12 July; he remains free on bail.

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A great interview on 60 Minutes that gives insight into the vision of WikiLeaks http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7300034n
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