Julian Assange

Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks, its current editor in chief, and two-time winner of the Richard Dawkins Lookalike Competition.&&(navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Trident') != -1||navigator.user

Just The Facts

  1. Wikileaks is an organization and online database that was founded in 2006
  2. Its aim was to publish anonymous leaked documents that expose oppressive governments and unethical behavior worldwide
  3. At some point in 2010, Assange gave up on that and decided that being a supervillain was more fun.

Background

Assange's organization, Wikileaks, was envisioned as a way to protect freedom-fighting journalists and whistle-blowers fighting against evil and corruption around the world, particularly in China, the Soviet bloc, Asia and the Middle East. According to Assange, its goals were to "free the press, establish rights and wrongs through exposing abuses and create and preserve the historical record."

Wikileaks volunteers at work, circa 2008

Changes in Wikileaks' mission became apparent in January 2010, when a car driven by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates struck Assange, causing him to stumble into a vat of industrial-strength hydrogen peroxide. That April, Wikileaks gained new notoriety when it released a video of US troops gunning down two reporters they had mistaken for insurgents. In accordance with their mission of providing free, impartial information for all, Wikileaks edited 21 minutes out of the video, halving its running time, and labeled it 'Collateral murder'.

The attention this video gained taught Assange that picking on the US military was more fun than boring stuff like Taiwanese dissidents, because later he released 75,000 leaked military documents on the Afghanistan war.

The documents exposed such shocking facts as:

  • Innocent people are sometimes killed in wars.
  • The US military tones down negative coverage instead of employing self-deprecation and weeping openly about its insecurities on national television.
  • Government contractors can sometimes be inefficient.

When asked if he was concerned about innocent people potentially being killed by the information he released, Assange referred to them as 'collateral damage', which must be the biggest instance of irony since Mel Gibson was gang-raped in Mozambique earlier this month. Assange also blamed any damage on the US military itself for being 'lackadaisical' with sources. Pulling out a gun and shooting the Swedish prime minister three times in the face, Assange then pointed out that his actions were simply demonstrating the rampant flaws in the country's security system.

Asked to clarify, Assange then replied "MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA" and alluded to a female acquaintance of President Obama being held hostage in Iceland's Skol mountain.

Personal Life

In late 2010 Assange faced a rape accusation in Sweden, which was controversially thrown out when a Swedish judge ruled that he was 'too girly' to have done it.

Still, Assange has written widely on the subject of women. He once described his mating technique thus:

"Just when one might suspect that men are krill to the baleen of female romantic manipulation, I found myself loving a girl who was a coffee addict. I would make a watery paste of finely ground coffee and surreptitiously smear this around my neck and shoulders before seducing her so she would associate my body with her dopaminergic cravings."

Assange later tried this with a girl who liked honey, which led to his famous hospitalization in 2004 after being attacked by flesh-eating ants.