1. There is very little in the way of concrete, independently verifiable fact in existence to check Julian Assange’s version of his own past.
2. There is even less in the way of substantiation for the myth that has grown up around Assange; namely, his purported existence as something of an intellectually precocious individual who magically gained access to various corporate networks as a teenager and came away from over thirty criminal counts for his exploits with a small fine.
3. Assange’s existence as a sort of forgetful yet dedicated idiosyncratic programmer, writer, and consultant for computer security who studied mathematics at the University of Melbourne is something that does not explain how he managed to come into hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of funding and support from a virtually anonymous network of donors and foundations. It certainly doesn’t do much to clarify who the anonymous eight directors of Wikileaks are, as Assange is the only publicly available figure to represent the individuals who supposedly founded Wikileaks.