Julian Assange : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Education and Controversy

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Julian Assange : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Education and Controversy
Julian Assange
  Bio
Name Julian Assange
Birthdate ( Age) 3 July 1971 
Place of Birth Townsville, Australia
Nationality  Australian 
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Teresa Assange (m. 1989–1999), Stella Morris
Children Yes
Parents Christine Ann Hawkins, John Shipton
Education University of MelbourneCQUniversity Rockhampton NorthTownsville State High School
Profession Australian editor, publisher and activist
Net Worth $1 Million - $2 Million
Last Update September 2021

Julian Paul Assange is an Australian editor, publisher and activist who founded WikiLeaks in 2006. WikiLeaks came to international attention in 2010 when it published a series of leaks provided by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. 

Julian Assange with his fiancee and the mother of his children, lawyer Stella Morris

Julian Assange with his fiancee lawyer Stella Morris

These leaks included the Baghdad airstrike Collateral Murder video (April 2010),the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), and Cablegate (November 2010). After the 2010 leaks, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks.

Early Life and Family

Assange was born Julian Paul Hawkins on 3 July 1971 in Townsville, Queensland,to Christine Ann Hawkins   and John Shipton, an anti-war activist and builder.The couple separated before their son was born.When Julian was a year old, his mother married Brett Assange,an actor with whom she ran a small theatre company and whom Julian regards as his father .

Christine and Brett Assange divorced around 1979. Christine then became involved with Leif Meynell, also known as Leif Hamilton, whom Julian Assange later described as "a member of an Australian cult" called The Family. They separated in 1982.Julian had a nomadic childhood, living in over 30 Australian towns and cities by the time he reached his mid-teens,when he settled with his mother and half-brother in Melbourne. Assange attended many schools, including Goolmangar Primary School in New South Wales (1979–1983) and Townsville State High School in Queensland as well as being schooled at home.

Julian Assange Wife

Assange married a girl named Teresa, and in 1989 they had a son, Daniel.The couple separated and disputed custody of Daniel until 1999.

Later he is in relationship with his fiancee lawyer Stella Morris. In 2015, in an open letter to French President Hollande, Assange said that one of his children was living in France with the child's mother.In 2020, Stella Moris-Smith Robertson revealed that she and Assange had two sons, Gabriel, born in 2017, and Max, born in 2019, while Assange was in the embassy.

Julian Assange Net Worth

Julian Paul Assange is an Australian editor, publisher and activist has an estimated Net Worth around $1 Million - $2 Million in 2021.

Career and Controversy 

Founding of WikiLeaks

Assange discovered his passion for computers as a teenager. At the age of 16, he got his first computer as a gift from his mother. Before long, he developed a talent for hacking into computer systems. His 1991 break-in to the master terminal for Nortel, a telecommunications company, got him in trouble. Assange was charged with more than 30 counts of hacking in Australia, but he got off the hook with only a fine for damages.

Assange continued to pursue a career as a computer programmer and software developer. An intelligent mind, he studied mathematics at the University of Melbourne. He dropped out without finishing his degree, later claiming that he left the university for moral reasons; Assange objected to other students working on computer projects for the military.

In 2006, Assange began work on WikiLeaks, a website intended to collect and share confidential information on an international scale. The site officially launched in 2007 and it was run out of Sweden at the time because of the country's strong laws protecting a person's anonymity. Later that year, WikiLeaks released a U.S. military manual that provided detailed information on the Guantanamo detention center. WikiLeaks also shared emails from then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin that it received from an anonymous source in September 2008.

Political Asylum at London's Ecuadorean Embassy

According to a New York Times article, Assange came to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in June 2012, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden. That August, Assange was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorean government, which, according to the Times, "protects Mr. Assange from British arrest, but only on Ecuadorean territory, leaving him vulnerable if he tries to leave the embassy to head to an airport or train station." 

The article went on to say that the decision "cited the possibility that Mr. Assange could face 'political persecution' or be sent to the United States to face the death penalty," putting further strain on the relationship between Ecuador and Britain, and instigating a rebuttal from the Swedish government.

In August 2015 the lesser sexual assault allegations from 2010 — with the exception of rape — were dropped due to statute of limitation violations by Swedish prosecutors. The statue of limitations on the rape allegations will expire in 2020.

In February 2016, a United Nations panel determined that Assange had been arbitrarily detained, and recommended his release and compensation for deprivation of liberty. However, both the Swedish and British governments rejected those findings as non-binding, and reiterated that Assange would be arrested if he left the Ecuadorian embassy.

On May 19, 2017, Sweden said it would drop its rape investigation of Assange. “While today was an important victory and important vindication, the road is far from over,” he told reporters from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. “The war, the proper war, is just commencing.”

Assange was granted Ecuadorian citizenship in December 2017, but his relationship with his adopted country soon soured. In March 2018, the government cut off his internet access on the grounds that his actions endangered "the good relations that the country maintains with the United Kingdom, with the rest of the states of the European Union, and other nations."

Arrest and Indictment

In April 2019, after Ecuador announced the withdrawal of Assange's asylum, the WikiLeaks founder was arrested at the London embassy. Shortly afterward, it was announced that U.S. authorities had charged Assange with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon.On May 1, Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail back in 2012, when he found refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy.

Steeper charges arrived on May 23, when Assange was indicted in the U.S. on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act for obtaining and publishing secret military and diplomatic documents in 2010. However, the indictment raised questions about First Amendment protections and whether investigative journalists could also find themselves facing criminal charges.

In January 2021, a UK judge ruled that Assange could not be extradited to the U.S. to face trial on charges for violating the Espionage Act, citing that the WikiLeaks founder was a suicide risk.