Assange creates Wikileaks with a group of like-minded activists and IT professionals to give whistleblowers a safe way to lose information. He quickly becomes a figurehead and a lightning rod for criticism.
March: The US authorities claim that Assange is involved in a conspiracy to hack a classified computer owned by the US government with former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
July: Wikileaks is now releasing tens of thousands of classified documents, including a video of US helicopter pilots who shot 12 civilians in Baghdad in 2007. This was followed by the publication of more than 90,000 classified US military files from the Afghan war and 400,000 from Iraq the names of the informants.
August: Two Swedish women claim they had consensual sex with Assange on several occasions while he was on a 10-day trip to Stockholm. They claim the sex did not become consensual when Assange refused to wear a condom.
The first woman claims that Assange was living in her apartment in Stockholm when he tore off her clothes. She told police that when she noticed Assange was trying to have unprotected sex with her, she asked him to use a condom. She claims he tore the condom before he had sex.
The second Swedish woman claims she had sex with Assange in her Stockholm apartment and made him wear a condom. She claims that she later woke up and found Assange having unprotected sex with her.
He was questioned by the Stockholm police and denied the allegations. Assange was given permission by the Swedish authorities to return to the UK.
November: A Swedish court ruled that the investigation should be reopened and that Assange should be detained on suspicion of rape, sexual abuse and coercion for questioning. An international arrest warrant is issued by the Swedish police through Interpol.
Wikileaks publishes its cache of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables in the US.
December: Assange introduces himself to the London police and appears at an extradition hearing during which he is taken into custody. Assange is given conditional bail in the High Court in London after his supporters paid £ 240,000 in cash and bonds.
February: A British judge ruled Assange should be extradited to Sweden, but Wikileaks has taken vows to combat the decision.
April: Wikileaks publishes a cache of classified U.S. military documents, including intelligence ratings of nearly all 779 people detained in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
November: Assange loses appeal against decision to extradite him.
June: Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London and applies for political asylum.
August: Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador.
June: Assange tells a group of journalists that he will not leave the embassy even if the sexual charges against him are dropped for fear of extradition to the United States.
August: The Swedish Public Prosecutor’s Office has stopped investigating some sexual allegations against Assange for reasons of time. The investigation into suspected rape remains active.
July: Wikileaks begins sending emails to US Democratic Party officials who favor Hillary Clinton.
November: Assange is questioned in the presence of Swedish Public Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and Police Inspector Cecilia Redell on allegations of sex at the Ecuadorian embassy. The interview lasts two days.
January: Barack Obama agrees to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning from prison. Her imminent release is speculation. Assange will end his self-imposed exile after Wikileaks tweeted that he would consent to US extradition.
April: Lenin Moreno becomes the new president of Ecuador, who was known to want to improve diplomatic relations between his country and the US.
Can: Swedish prosecutors suddenly shut down an investigation into a sexual allegation against Assange.
January: Ecuador confirms that it has granted citizenship to Assange at his request.
February: Assange is visited by Pamela Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel.
March: The Ecuadorian embassy has blocked Assange’s Internet access because he failed to keep his promise made the previous year not to “send messages that would interfere with other countries”.
August: The US Senate Committee asked to interview Assange as part of its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
September: Assange resigns as editor of WikiLeaks.
October: Assange announced that he will take legal action against the government of Ecuador accusing it of violating its “fundamental rights and freedoms”.
November: The U.S. Department of Justice accidentally names Assange in a court document that says he has been secretly charged.
January: Assange’s attorneys say they are taking steps to get President Trump’s administration to “secretly” bring charges against him.
April 6th: WikiLeaks tweets reported by a senior Ecuadorian source that Assange will be expelled from the embassy within “hours or days”. However, a senior Ecuadorian official said no decision had been taken to remove him from the London building.
11 April: Assange has revoked his diplomatic asylum from Ecuador and is arrested by the Metropolitan Police. He is put on remand by a judge on Westminster Magistrates Court.
12. April: He is found guilty of breaking his bail.
1st of May: Sentenced to 11 months in prison.
2.May: Trial takes place over Assange’s proposed extradition to the US. He tells a court that he will not consent to the extradition and that the case will be adjourned until May 30.
May 13th: Swedish prosecutors reopen rape cases, saying they still want to question Assange.
3rd of June: The Swedish court decides against absenteeism and resets the extradition case.
12th of June Home Secretary Sajid Javid signs an extradition request from the United States.
June 13th A hearing will set the date for full Assange extradition negotiations – February next year.
November The Swedish Public Prosecutor has closed the investigation into rape against Mr Assange
25. November – Medics say Assange “may die” in Belmarsh without proper medical care
13th December – If he hears in London, he will be prevented from seeing important evidence on the case
19. December – Appears on video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where his attorney claims the US extradition offer is “political”.
February 24th – –Assange faces extradition hearing in Woolwich Crown Court.
Assange officials argue that an extradition treaty dating from 2003 prevents him from being legally handed over to the US for “political crimes”.
2nd March – – Assange appears via video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he is denied bail amid the coronavirus crisis.
11 April – Stella Moris, Assange’s partner, who gave birth to his two children when he was living in the Ecuadorian embassy, pleads for his release out of fear for his health.
June 24th – The US Department of Justice is bringing an updated 18 counts indictment of Assange’s alleged role in “one of the greatest classified compromises in US history.”
August 25 – Ms. Moris is visiting her partner for the first time in almost six months at Belmarsh Prison.
7th of September – Assange’s extradition negotiations continue at the Old Bailey. They are expected to last up to four weeks.
October 1 – Judge Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case at the Old Bailey until January 4th, pending her decision on the extradition of Assange. This means that he will be in prison for Christmas.