While some question when Julian Assange will dump yet another round of data obtained by dubious means, the writing has been on the proverbial wall in cyberspace for over a decade. Assange, while most noted for his use of the online persona Mendax, he has also written a great deal under his legal name at suburbia.net, in addition to the much-reported Cypherpunks mail list since 1993-1994.

Assange’s disdain toward government agencies has been his compass indicating the direction: “The non linear [sic] effects of leaks on unjust systems of governance,” “Conspiracies as Governance,” and “State of Terrorist Conspiracies.” His trilogy in motion is WikiLeaks.

E-mail addresses used by Assange

While active online since the 1990s, he has used several e-mail addresses. He also frequently embedded the following statement with his electronic signature: “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood or assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” He attributed it to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

When he wasn't embedding his e-mails and online posts with a favored statement, he included an anagram from a program he co-created. The outcome was premised on the input value "National Security Agency."

Assange did not shield his beliefs and his open call for volunteers to register domains: rubberhose.org (a file system) and marutukku.org, code for encryption by “rubberhose” (software he co-created) and euphemistic for a means of torture to extract information (for example).

Assange also enlisted someone to create a project tree at sourceforge.net (open source software).

Mining the best data about Assange

Information about Assange is widely available online. The most accurate source is his past; he was quite prolific in proliferating his views, his thoughts, and his plans. Possibly a clear way to understanding Assange (and the course of WikiLeaks) is through Mark Twain: “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.”

Assange’s core beliefs toward government entities provide the foundation of Wikileaks.