We all saw the news this morning that Julian Assange was finally nabbed. The headline: “Police arrest Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy in London.” Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno stated, “Assange violated the norm of not intervening in the affairs of other states.”
In July 2016, WikiLeaks published nearly 20,000 emails from Democratic National Committee staffers that appeared to show the committee favoring presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the US presidential primary. More recently, WikiLeaks leaked Vatican documents in January, 2019. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Assange, an Australian computer programmer, founded Wikileaks in 2006 and has been an international menace for more than seven years.
A path to destruction, leaks and more
Assange’s hacking rampage all started at the age of 16 when his mother gave him a computer as a gift. In 1991 he was charged with breaking into Nortel, a telecommunications company. Assange was charged with more than 30 counts of hacking in Australia. All of this set the foundation for a man that would eventually take the law into his own hands by obtaining and releasing top secret US government documents to the world.
The whole purpose of Wikileaks was to share confidential or even top-secret information on a global scale. This is something that could only be done in this age of acceleration, where a single computer in the hands of one bad actor could have exponential power to impact nations. He effectively leaked classified data to tell the story he wanted to tell.
What follows is an expurgated timeline of Assange and WikiLeaks’ brief but tumultuous history, put together by CNN:
2006 – WikiLeaks is founded by Assange.
2010 – WikiLeaks posts more than 90,000 classified documents related to the Afghanistan war.
2011 – WikiLeaks begins releasing classified military documents providing details on the behavior and treatment of detainees being …