How Julian Assange Disrupted Politics With WikiLeaks | Just The FAQs | USA TODAY

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero or criminal, depending on who you ask. We explain.

As purveyor of secret U.S. government information, Julian Assange has few rivals.

The release of a stunning trove of sensitive diplomatic cables and entire Pentagon databases nearly a decade ago made Assange and his anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks a household names and an enemy of the American government. 

Six years later, WikiLeaks published thousands of private emails involving members of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that investigators said were stolen and passed to Assange’s organization working for the Russian government. That episode and others so infuriated U.S. authorities that then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo called Assange’s organization a “hostile intelligence service.” 

But none of those things prompted the government to call Assange a criminal. #JulianAssange #WikiLeaks

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