Julian Assange

Julian Assange

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04 December 2006

Founding of WikiLeaks

Julian Assange, alongside others, founded WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization that publishes news leaks and classified media provided by anonymous sources. The platform quickly gained attention for its mission to increase transparency and fight corruption.

05 April 2010

Collateral Murder Video Release

WikiLeaks, under Julian Assange's leadership, released a classified U.S. military video titled 'Collateral Murder', which showed a 2007 airstrike in Baghdad that killed multiple individuals, including two Reuters journalists. This leak significantly boosted WikiLeaks' profile.

25 July 2010

Afghan War Diary Published

WikiLeaks releases the Afghan War Diary, a collection of over 75,000 classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, revealing previously unknown details about civilian casualties and the role of foreign forces.

28 November 2010

Cablegate Release

WikiLeaks began to publish a large collection of confidential U.S. State Department documents, known as 'Cablegate'. The leak, consisting of over 250,000 diplomatic cables, revealed numerous classified communications between U.S. embassies and the State Department.

07 December 2010

Arrest in the UK

Julian Assange was arrested in London by the British police, acting on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual misconduct. Assange denied the allegations.

19 June 2012

Asylum in Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian Assange seeks asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual misconduct, and potential extradition to the U.S. for his work with WikiLeaks.

16 August 2012

Asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy

Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador, fearing extradition to the United States due to his work with WikiLeaks. He took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, beginning a prolonged stay to avoid arrest by British authorities.

22 July 2016

DNC Email Leak

WikiLeaks released a series of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which exposed internal biases against Bernie Sanders and led to significant controversy during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

07 March 2017

Vault 7 Leak

WikiLeaks began releasing 'Vault 7', a series of documents detailing the CIA's hacking capabilities. The leaks included information on various cyber espionage tools used by the CIA.

07 March 2017

Vault 7 Release

WikiLeaks publishes 'Vault 7,' a series of documents detailing hacking tools used by the CIA. The release highlights the extent of U.S. cyber-espionage capabilities.

11 April 2019

Arrest at Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian Assange was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He was subsequently charged by the U.S. with computer-related offenses and faced possible extradition.

23 May 2019

U.S. Espionage Charges

The U.S. Department of Justice charges Julian Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act for his role in obtaining and publishing classified military and diplomatic documents.

07 September 2020

Extradition Hearing

Julian Assange's U.S. extradition hearing commenced in London. The U.S. government sought to extradite him on charges related to the publication of classified military and diplomatic information.

04 January 2021

Extradition Denied

A UK judge denies the U.S. extradition request for Julian Assange, citing concerns over his mental health and the risk of suicide should he be extradited.

17 June 2022

Extradition Order Signed

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel signs an order to extradite Julian Assange to the United States to face charges related to WikiLeaks’ publication of classified documents. Assange's legal team plans to appeal the decision.

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