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The secret life of Julian Assange

By Atika Shubert, Ashley Fantz and Moni Basu, CNN
December 1, 2010 6:46 p.m. EST
Julian Assange can be charming yet cagey about his private life and is rarely shaken by discussions of even the most controversial revelations on WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange can be charming yet cagey about his private life and is rarely shaken by discussions of even the most controversial revelations on WikiLeaks.


Now, Julian Assange, 39, finds himself on the move again, wanted in Sweden for alleged sex crimes and wanted by officials around the world for his website WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of documents containing confidential information.
(CNN)
-- He grew up constantly on the move, the son of parents who were in the theater business in Australia.

If he has succeeded in creating a public firewall of sorts around himself, it is perhaps because he learned as a child to cope with solitude and exposed his mind to the machinery that would overtake his life.

Assange has been described by his mother, Christine, as "highly intelligent."

He was just 13 when she bought him a Commodore 64 computer. It was 1987, and there were no Web sites. Assange attached a modem to his computer and began his journey through the growing world of computer networks.

"It's like chess," he told New Yorker magazine. "Chess is very austere in that you don't have many rules, there is no randomness and the problem is very hard."

Though his mother raised him without any religious influence, she sensed that from a tender age, her son was led by a strong desire to do what he perceived as just.

He would go on to study mathematics and physics at the University of Melbourne."He was a lovely boy, very sensitive, good with animals, quiet and has a wicked sense of humor," she told the Melbourne, Australia, Herald Sun newspaper Wednesday.

Full story: http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/12/01/assange.profile/?hpt=C1

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