Wikileaks’ Julian Assange plea: A timeline of key moments | EUROtoday

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Assange was born on July 3, 1971, in Queensland, Australia. He and his mom, the visible artist Christine Ann Hawkins, moved steadily. Hawkins met Assange’s organic father, John Shipton, at an anti-Vietnam War protest, although their relationship ended earlier than Assange was born.

Hawkins rented an house throughout from an electronics retailer. There, a teenage Assange started tinkering with a Commodore 64 and studying the right way to code.

As an adolescent and in his early 20s, Assange turned a talented and prolific hacker, identified in Australia’s hacking group as Mendax. In 1996, Assange pleaded responsible to 24 counts of hacking in Melbourne’s Victoria County Court. Though the decide characterised the alleged crimes as “quite serious,” he additionally mentioned Assange was motivated by “intellectual inquisitiveness” quite than malice. Assange was finally fined and launched.