Julian Paul Assange (born 3 July 1971) is the spokesperson and editor in chief for WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for news leaks. Assange has worked as a computer programmer and was a hacker during his youth. 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 .
In 2006, Assange wrote two essays setting out the philosophy behind WikiLeaks: “To radically shift regime behavior we must think clearly and boldly for if we have learned anything, it is that regimes do not want to be changed. We must think beyond those who have gone before us and discover technological changes that embolden us with ways to act in which our forebears could not.”
In his blog he wrote, “the more secretive or unjust an organisation is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie…. Since unjust systems, by their nature induce opponents, and in many places barely have the upper hand, mass leaking leaves them exquisitely vulnerable to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of governance.”
Quoted from: Wikipedia
Read also: The Guardian UK’s transcript of the Live Online Q&A with Julian Assange