Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s reported asylum in Ecuador

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Assange timeline

October 14, 2010: Wikileaks publish hundreds of thousands of military reports on Afghanistan and Iraq. Assange claims his site has been blocked by US internet providers. Two days later, he is arrested by British police after jumping the bail he was given to fight sexual assault charges in Sweden.

April 8, 2011: Assange appears in court to make an application for bail. His next hearing is set for September after he appeals against the decision. The Swedish prosecution service denies Assange’s claim that it has worked with the US government on a campaign to “prejudice” the case.

August 2011: Assange is remanded in custody pending further proceedings. A WikiLeaks spokesman claims that the US security services have communicated through a third party to correct a misunderstanding between US intelligence agencies on the frequency of his “master leaks”, which were thought to represent new episodes rather than a handful of episodes.

August 2011: Assange is offered bail by a female supporter. Her supporters seek to have her condition tested for virility to ensure she was in no state to visit Assange.

February 2012: Assange is ordered to stay at Ecuador’s embassy in London as his appeal against extradition to Sweden is rejected by the high court.

May 2012: Assange sets up shop in the embassy as he fears that he would be extradited to the US for his links to WikiLeaks. The European court of human rights rules he does not face arrest or extradition by the UK.

October 2014: Assange begins receiving legal advice from the Ecuadorian embassy. Days later, his police bail bondsman informs the court that Assange was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Sweden, rather than being accused of rape. A man is then seen entering the embassy to collect Assange, who has been living in Ecuador’s embassy ever since.

December 2015: US president Barack Obama has authorised a special diplomatic mission aimed at engaging with senior Russian officials about Wikileaks.

February 2016: US Secretary of State John Kerry accuses Russian officials of using cyber-attacks to disrupt the US presidential election. There are reports of Russian officials pressuring people around the world to stop him from running for president.

May 2017: Assange meets with pro-Kremlin journalist and politician Kirill Krasovsky, who claims Assange had been warned he would be extradited to the US if he left the embassy.

July 2017: WikiLeaks publishes thousands of documents about US intelligence agency hacking activities during the 2016 presidential election campaign, based on a cache of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee. The documents allege that the CIA had obtained access to the internal workings of Apple’s iPhone and computers, and that the software was designed to target Russia’s RT broadcaster.

June 2018: A member of the United States Congress says he has information suggesting Assange is safe inside the Ecuadorian embassy. Also this month, two senior security officials resign from the CIA, including the former director of the agency’s Russia operations.

June 2018: An American intelligence official says the Trump campaign is under investigation by federal prosecutors, including as part of a widening inquiry into whether members of the president’s team colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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