AboutJulian Assange is an Australian journalist, programmer, and Internet activist, best known for his involvement in Wikileaks, a whistleblower website. He is a prominent media spokesman and advisory board member of the Sweden-based Wikileaks, helping to publish anonymous submissions and leak sensitive documents from governments and other organizations to the public. It has a core focus on protecting dissidents, whistleblowers, investigative journalists, and bloggers who face state threats, and it largely operates by publishing leaks of sensitive documents. In 2011 Wikileaks attracted a storm of controversy for its publication of thousands of diplomatic cables, catapulting Assange into the white-hot center of an important debate about transparency and security in the 21st century.
He was awarded Amnesty International's 2009 Media Award for exposing extrajudicial assassinations, as well as the 2008 Economist Index on Censorship Award, among others. He has been featured by numerous news agencies, including Al Jazeera English, CNN, and MSNBC.