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CHRONOLOGY Main events in the Julian Assange case

Europe
19.06.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
London (dpa) - Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has been hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012. A timeline of the main events in the case:

July 2010: WikiLeaks releases its Afghanistan War Diary, a collection of some 90,000 mainly secret US government documents relating to the military engagement of Allied forces in Afghanistan.

August 2010: Swedish prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Assange, saying he is wanted for questioning in connection with claims of sexual offences.

October 2010: WikiLeaks publishes 400,000 classified documents in its Iraq War Diary.

December 2010: Assange gives himself up to British police. He is remanded in custody but released on bail after his supporters pay 240,000 pounds (375,000 dollars) in cash and sureties. He is electronically tagged and the legal battle over his extradition to Sweden begins.

February 2011: Belmarsh Magistrates‘ Court in London rules that Assange should be extradited to Sweden. Assange vows to appeal the decision fearing extradition to the United States.

May 2012: The Supreme Court rules that Assange should be extradited to Sweden.

June 2012: Assange takes refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and claims political asylum. British authorities threaten to arrest him if he leaves the embassy. Ecuador agrees to assess his claim for asylum.

August 2012: Ecuador grants Assange asylum, sparking a diplomatic row with Britain, which threatens to enter the embassy to arrest him.

August 2015: Swedish prosecutors drop three cases of alleged sexual offences against Assange, but say the investigation into a suspected rape in 2010 is ongoing.

February 2016: A UN panel says Britain and Sweden have been subjecting Assange to "arbitrary detention" and that he should be released.

December 2016: Assange says he is innocent in "politicized" rape case.

April 13, 2017: CIA chief Mike Pompeo slams Assange and WikiLeaks in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A few days later, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says US authorities plan to clamp down on leaks.

May 19, 2017: Swedish prosecutors repeal the warrant, saying they are dropping their preliminary investigation into a rape allegation. Assange hails the decision and vows to fight on against his "terrible injustice."

Ecuador‘s foreign minister urges Britain to give Assange safe passage.

May 24, 2017: Leftist Lenin Moreno is inaugurated as president of Ecuador after winning a tightly contested run-off and states Assange can remain in embassy. Moreno‘s main opponent, conservative Guillermo Lasso had said during campaign that if elected, he would ask Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.

The following day, Moreno warns Assange not to meddle in Ecuador‘s domestic politics and labels him a "hacker." Assange fires back on Twitter.

June 19, 2017: Assange is to make a statement from the balcony of London‘s Ecuadorian Embassy, five years to the day after taking refuge there.

 

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