Julian Assange: Timeline of his years in London Ecuadorean embassy, from Nigel Farage to Pamela Anderson

Australian first entered embassy in London’s Knightsbridge in 2012

Alice Hall
Friday 20 December 2019 12:36

20 August 2010

The Swedish prosecutor’s office issues an arrest warrant for Julian Assange on allegations of molestation and rape. Both women reportedly say that what started as consensual sex became non-consensual. Assange was quoted in WIkiLeaks as saying the accusations are “without basis” and their appearance “at this moment is deeply disturbing”. A message on the WikiLeaks Twitter feed says the group has been warned to expect “dirty tricks”.

21 August 2010

The arrest warrant is withdrawn. Prosecutors say the investigation into the molestation allegation will continue but it is not a serious enough crime for an arrest warrant. Police in Stockholm question Assange and formally told of the allegations against him. He denies all of the allegations.

1 September 2010

Marianne Ny, Swedish director of prosecution, says she is reopening the rape investigation against Assange.

18 October 2010

Assange is denied residency in Sweden. An official on Sweden’s migration board says “he did not fulfil the requirements”.

18 November

Stockholm District Court approves a request to detain Assange for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. Swedish police issue an international arrest warrant. By this time, Assange has travelled to London. Mark Stephens, his British Lawyer, says his client offered to be interviewed at the Swedish embassy in London or Scotland Yard or via video link.

8 December 2010

Assange gives himself up to British police and is taken to a hearing. He is remanded in custody pending another hearing.

16 December 2010

He is granted conditional bail and is freed by his supporters who pay £240,000 in cash.

24 February 2011

Assange should be extradited to Sweden, a British court rules. District Judge Howard denies this would breach his human rights.

2 November 2011

Assange loses an appeal against the decision to extradite him to Sweden.

30 May 2012

The Supreme Court rules that Assange should be extradited to Sweden

19 June 2012

Assange requests political asylum from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and enters the residence.

16 August 2012

Ecuador grants Assange political asylum.

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19 August 2012

Assange makes his first public appearance in two months. Speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange asks the US government to “renounce its witch hunt” against Wikileaks.

November 2012

Ecuador’s ambassador to the UK, Ana Alban, says Assange is suffering a chronic lung condition after spending months inside a one-room office at the embassy. The Ecuadorian government later says Assange “does not have an urgent medical condition”.

13 June 2013

Speaking to journalists, he says he will not leave the embassy because he fears he will be extradited to the US, even if the sex charges against him are dropped.

18 August 2014

After two years of refuge, Assange says he will leave London’s Ecuadorian embassy “soon”. There is media speculation he needs medical treatment.

13 August 2015

Two accusations – one of sexual molestation and one of unlawful coercion – are dropped by Swedish prosecutors due to time restrictions. The allegation of rape still remains active until 2020.

12 October 2015

The Metropolitan Police announces guards will no longer stand outside the Ecuadorian embassy after three years of 24-hour security.

5 February 2016

The UN working group on arbitrary detention says Assange is being “arbitrarily detained” in the Ecuadorian embassy and calls on authorities to end his “deprivation of liberty”.

9 February 2016

Swedish prosecutors say they are working on a renewed request to interview Assange at the embassy

9 August 2016

In an appeal to a Swedish court, Assange argues the country must comply with the UN working group’s findings that his “deprivation of liberty” was unlawful.

October 2016

Former Baywatch star visits Assange at the embassy and brings him a vegan meal.

Alan Duncan calls Julian Assange a 'miserable little worm'

14 November 2016

At the Ecuadorian embassy, Assange is questioned by Sweden’s chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren in a two-day interview about the remaining sex allegation.

17 January 2017

Barack Obama’s decision to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning leads to speculation Assange will end his self-imposed exile. WikiLeaks tweeted prior to the decision: “If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ [Department of Justice] case.”

19 January 2017

At a press conference, Assange says as long as his rights are respected he stands by his offer to go to the US.

24 January 2017

Assange claims Barack Obama only granted Clemency to Chelsea Manning to “make life hard for him”.

9 March 2017

Nigel Farage, former Ukip leader, is spotted leaving the embassy where Assange is being held.

21 April 2017

Jeff Sessions, America’s attorney general, says Assange’s arrest is a “priority” for the United States. US media outlets report that prosecutors are considering charges against Assange.

19 May 2017

The rape investigation into Assange is dropped by the Swedish police.

Julian Assange’s cat sits behind a window at Ecuador’s embassy in London

11 January 2018

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office refuses to recognise Assange as a diplomatic agent. The Ecuadorian government confirms he was granted citizenship in December.

28 March 2018

Assange can no longer use the internet after his access is suspended by the Ecuadorian embassy following complaints he has interfered with other countries’ affairs.

27 July 2018

Ecuador and the UK confirm they are holding talks about the fate of Assange.

9 August 2018

Following allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the US senate committee asks to interview Assange.

19 October 2018

Assange threatens legal action against the government of Ecuador for violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”,

Julian Assange sues Ecuador government for violating his 'fundamental freedoms'

5 April 2019

Reports emerge he is soon going to be removed from the embassy.

11 April 2019

He is arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his diplomatic status is rescinded. The Metropolitan Police says the Australian hacker was initially detained for failing to surrender to court in 2012. But after arriving at a London police station, a spokesperson says he was “further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities”.

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