If you were wondering what WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has in common with a super-villain, wonder no more. It’s his desire for an eccentric base of operations. According to sources inside WikiLeaks, the site is looking for a new server location, and some bizarre options have been explored including a certain micro-nation sea platform you might remember.
Love it or hate it, you have to admit one thing about WikiLeaks: trying to read hundreds of thousands of leaked documents can sure put a strain on your peepers. Leak lovers won't have to battle eye strain for too much longer, however. WikiLeaks recently announced that Julian Assange, the controversial man behind the controversial site, will host a ten episode TV show about "The world tomorrow" starting in March.
Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that WikiLeaks posts stuff that lots of folks would rather remain hidden in the shadows. Those people have (kind of) gotten their wish: WikiLeaks has said that it will temporarily halt its publishing operation to focus instead on raising cash. The reason for the dire financial straits? Many of the major global financial institutions in the world, including banks, credit card companies and even PayPal, have refused to process donations for the controversial site, causing a precipitous drop in funding.
Every hero is a villain, every villain a hero. Truth is that even the greatest people in history had at least a hint of the dark side within them.
Today we look at an assortment of men inside—or merely tied to—the tech industry. Some are merely controversial, others are clearly of the bad seed variety. But do they deserve their status? How evil are they?
We come to conclusions, from Assange to Zuckerberg. Come along for the ride.
Remember Julian Assange? The WikiLeaks founder was, for a period of time in the tech world, public enemy number one. He both embarrassed and enraged the U.S. government by publishing thousands of classified U.S. documents and other sensitive information. He and his site dominated headlines long before LulzSec rode in and out of town, and he's back in them again, this time for trying to fight extradition to Sweden, according to an AP report.
Julian Assange, the man behind the controversial Wikileaks project -- the same one that came under fire recently for posting thousands of sensitive and potentially embarrassing diplomatic cables -- has agreed to pen his autobiography for a tidy $1.5 million, The Australian reports. The money, he says, will be used to fund his mounting legal costs.
"I don't want to write this book, but I have too," Assange said. "I have already spent stg. 200,000 ($307,408) for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep Wikileaks afloat."
Assange is currently out on bail in England and wanted for questioning by Sweidish authoriities over charges of sexual crimes. The real issue, however, is that Swedish authorities want to extradite him, and if he's returned to Sweden, Assange fears he will be extradited to the U.S.
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Julian Assange will have to spend at least another 24 hours behind bars as he awaits an appeal against the decision to grant him bail, Yahoo News reports.
The Wikileaks founder voluntarily turned himself in to Swedish authorities last week over a sex-crimes warrant that Assange says is nothing more than a smear campaign. He spent a week in jail before a judge ordered him released on $316,000 bail, a notion that was challenged by Swedish prosecutors.
"Somebody has it in for Julian Assange and we can only conjecture why," Mark Stephens, an attorney for Assange, said today.
Despite conspiracy theories that a larger force is at play here, Swedish prosecutors maintain that "this is not a case about WikiLeaks, rather a case about alleged serious offenses against two women."
WikiLeaks has come under intense scrutiny recently following the publication of thousands of classified U.S. documents and sensitive diplomatic cables sent between U.S. embassies.
Julian Assange, the man behind the controversial whisteblower site Wikileaks, was arrested Tuesday on a Swedish warrant, according to a CNN report.
Popular opinion held that it was only a matter of time before Assange would have to answer for making available classified documents and other sensitive information, but that's not what this arrest is about, at least on the surface. Instead, Swedish authorities issued a warrant for Assange in order to chat with him about sex-crime allegations that have nothing to do with Wikileaks.
Assange turned himself in and will appear in court later today. He will then have a chance to respond to the warrant, after which time the court will have around 21 days to decide whether or not to extradite him. If it does, Assange could appeal the decision.
The sexual assault allegations include one count of rape, two counts of sexual molestation, and one count of unlawful coercion, all of which Assange chalks up to a smear campaign.
Postfinance, the financial arm of Swiss Post, has made the decision to close the bank account of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This was one of the main ways Assange took contributions to fund the secret document posting site. According to the AP, Postfinance investigated the claims Assange made when opening the account, namely that he was a Swiss resident. They found that he provided no evidence of that, and closed the account.
Assange will get the cash from that account, but this further reduces Assange's options for fundraising after PayPal cut ties with the organization. WikiLeaks is also still under attack online as groups attempt to knock the site offline. They were forced to move to a Swiss host last week and adopt a new domain name, WikiLeaks.ch.
As various services flee, others are seemingly happy to have WikiLeaks around. Both Facebook and Twitter have allowed WikiLeaks to stick around. Perhaps the dividing line that of financial ties. A business may feel very wary about taking money from an organization so openly despised by the US administration. What do you think WikiLeaks' next step will be?