Julian Assange, the Australian founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, was bullied at school because of his long hair and nomadic lifestyle.
School friends recall Assange, as highly intelligent but the victim of taunts as he moved dozens of times in an unconventional childhood.
"Some of the full-on red necks looked down their nose at him a little bit," says Craig Ardern, who attended Goolmangar school in northern NSW with Assange.
"It was the usual little bit of bullying that kids do because of a slight bit of difference.
"There was always that rift in the school. You were either a hippy or a red neck. It was very black and white."
Townsville-born Assange now has far more powerful enemies as the man behind the release of millions of confidential government and corporate documents.
He is also facing imminent arrest in Britain after being placed on Interpol's wanted "red list" over the alleged rape of two women, which he denies.
But before he came to international attention, he attended more than 30 schools and several universities throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
"The main thing I remember about him was just that he was smart. Our teacher wouldn't let us use calculators, it all had to be done in our heads," says Ardern, pictured in a school photo with Assange.
"He was far better than any of us and we were all pretty good at maths in my year. That's the main thing, and that he was a nice guy. We all called him Jules, not Julian."
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Posted By: Thor87 |
11/05/13 10:55 AM
I cant decide if this guy is a hero or a criminal but he is just like me getting bullied for his long hair