Monday, August 2

Assange: a decade trapped in the judicial maze

WikiLeaks founder, Australian Julian Assange, has spent the last decade battling for his freedom in the UK, be it from prison or refugee at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

These are the key dates In the case of Assange, who on Wednesday learned that for now he will not be able to leave prison on parole despite the fact that a British court on Monday rejected his extradition to the United States.


April-November – WikiLeaks publishes confidential US Government documents revealing alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and, in conjunction with various newspapers, more than 250,000 diplomatic cables from states around the world.

August November – The Swedish Prosecutor’s Office issues an arrest warrant against Assange to interrogate him for alleged sexual crimes against two women, which he denies and of which he is not formally charged.

December – The WikiLeaks founder turns himself in to the British Police and is released on bail.


Mayo – Assange loses in the British Supreme Court his last appeal against his surrender to Sweden.

19th of June – He takes refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to avoid his extradition, and in August Quito grants him political asylum.


August 13 – Sweden drops the charges of sexual harassment and coercion at the end of time and maintains the rape “to a lesser degree”.


February 5th – The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention describes the Australian’s detention as arbitrary.


January 18 – Assange expresses his willingness to go to the US if his rights are respected, after then-President Barack Obama commuted the sentence to former soldier Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning), who in 2010 leaked secret documents to WikiLeaks.

May 19 – The Swedish Prosecutor’s Office announces the closure of the preliminary investigation opened in 2010 against Assange.


January 11 – The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects a request from the Government of Ecuador to guarantee diplomatic status to Assange, who received Ecuadorian nationality the previous December.

July – The British and Ecuadorian governments confirm that they are in talks about the future of computing.

September 27th – Assange resigns as director of WikiLeaks but maintains the position of “editor”.

October 19 – The Australian takes legal action against the Government of Ecuador, which he accuses of violating his rights due to changes made in the embassy.

Nov. 16 – Prosecutors in the US accuse him of several crimes, in a secret procedure that is revealed by mistake.


January 23 – Assange’s defense announces that it has asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IA CHR) to order the US Executive to unveil the charges against his client.

April 11 – The London Police detain the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorian legation, after Quito has withdrawn his diplomatic asylum.

May 1 – Assange is sentenced by a court to 50 weeks in prison for violating the conditions of his probation in 2012.

May 19 – Sweden reopens its investigation for alleged violation, which will close again on November 19.

May 23 – The US formally charges Assange with 17 crimes of espionage plus one of computer intrusion.


February 24 – The extradition trial of Julian Assange to the United States begins in London, which is postponed in March due to the pandemic.

April 11 – Stella Moris, Assange’s partner and mother of two of his children, born when he was in the Ecuadorian embassy, ​​comes out of anonymity to ask for his release.

June 24 – The US Justice issues a new indictment that updates the 18 charges against the founder of WikiLeaks and in August confirmed a third order and request for extradition, which broadens the basis of the accusations.

September 7th – The trial against Assange resumes until October 1, when the trial judge VaneBarristertser sets the date of her ruling for January 4, 2021.


January 4 – Baraitser rejects the delivery of Assange to the US on health grounds, considering that he poses a risk of suicide, a decision that Washington has appealed.

January 6th – The judge denied Assange parole on bail for the risk of flight, until the appeal against his decision is resolved.

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