He gained worldwide attention when he released documents via Wikileaks exposing the corruption of corporations and various governments. Essentially, he let the people know the truth.
Although he gained many followers, he also gained many critics. The most common critique was that he was endangering lives. As usual, these allegations were false and not one instance has been recorded whereby someone has been hurt due to Assange's releases.
1. To release documents, cables, gossip, or other confidential information without the express consent of the information's creator.
2. Engaging in 'unlawful' sexual acts with a male or female partner(s) during the course of a honey pot operation as part of an international conspiracy to prevent instances of the first definition, usually while one or more partners is asleep.
2. Last night I was totally with this hot chick. I mean she was like a 9, and I'm used to 4 and 5s. Anyway, when she was asleep I Julian Assanged her, but when I woke up the next day she was gone and my hard-drive was missing.
Assange considers espionage and cyber terrorism a good thing. He seems to think all government and corporate secrets should be exposed with no regard for who may be harmed or how many lives could be lost.
Wikileaks is damaging fragile international relationships that were on the mend after George W Bush left office. ASSange is arrogant, paranoid and dangerous to government and corporations worldwide!
"Don't shoot the messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths." --Julian ASSange 2010
accused of cyber-terrorism and treason against US (he is Australian)
the man did nothing wrong unless one thinks exposing the unethical acts politicians and businessmen have engaged in behind closed doors
consider this quote
"Liberty cannot be persevered without the general knowledge among the people, who have.. a right, an indisputable, inalienable... right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, that is the character and conduct of their rulers"
He is not afraid to tell the world the truth, and believes people have the right to know what government and corporations are up to behind closed doors
Wen he was young he was a programmer, hacker/cracker and he is concidered to be an "internet activist". To day he is mostly known as the founder of wikileaks.org, a news web page that specialize in source protection and goverment secrets. The US stated that he was a terrorist and some called for his assasination.
In late 2010 he was arrested and thrown in jail in the UK, with no charge other than the Swedish police wanted to interview him about an sexual harrassment episode. The arrest has helped Assange to rise to an almost legendary status allready among civil rights movements for his sacirifice for the freedom of speech and a free press.