December 2nd, 2010
11:32 AM ET

The secret life of Julian Assange

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Atika Shubert, Ashley Fantz and Moni Basu

(CNN) - He grew up constantly on the move, the son of parents who were in the theater business in Australia.

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.

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."

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  1. steven d

    seriously, this is considered news? what kind of journalist publishes a blurb of inaccurate speculation and tries to pass it off as news ? It is truely sad that, as an american, i have to leave the country to get real news about the place I live...

    December 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  2. Kenneth Close

    Intelligent to what point: Test scores? I know a few Psychiatry who would argue that Intelligence is not measured in numbers. I would love to talk to you how these sort of thing would have affected WWI & WWII.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:44 am |