Julian Assange Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Birth date:
July 3, 1971

Birth place: Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Father: John Shipton

Mother: Christine (Hawkins) Assange

Other Facts:
When he was a year old, his mother married Brett Assange.

- WikiLeaks is founded by Julian Assange.

    2007 - WikiLeaks posts the procedures manual for Camp Delta, the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo.

    September 2008 - WikiLeaks posts emails from vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo account.

    April 5, 2010 - WikiLeaks posts a video showing a U.S. military helicopter firing on and killing two journalists and a number of Iraqi civilians in 2007. The military claims that the helicopter crew believed the targets were armed insurgents, not civilians.

    July 25, 2010 - WikiLeaks posts more than 90,000 classified documents related to the Afghanistan war.

    August 20, 2010 - Swedish prosecutors issue an arrest warrant for Assange based on allegations of sexual assault from two female WikiLeaks volunteers.

    August 21, 2010 - The Swedish prosecutor's office announces it is rescinding the arrest warrant.

    August 31, 2010 - Assange is questioned by Stockholm police and told of the charges against him.

    October 22, 2010 - WikiLeaks publishes classified military documents from the Iraq war.

    November 20, 2010 - The Stockholm Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Assange.

    November 28, 2010 - WikiLeaks begins publishing diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies. The site says the documents will be released in stages "over the next few months."

    December 7, 2010 - Turns himself in to London authorities. Assange is remanded in custody.

    December 16, 2010 - Is released on bail and put on house arrest.

    February 24, 2011 - A judge rules in support of Assange's extradition to Sweden. Assange's lawyers file an appeal.

    April 24, 2011 - WikiLeaks begins releasing classified military documents providing details on the behavior and treatment of detainees being held at the U.S. Navy's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

    September 2, 2011 - WikiLeaks releases its archive of more than a quarter million U.S. diplomatic cables.

    November 2, 2011 - Appeals court judges in London rule in favor of Assange being extradited to Sweden.

    November 15, 2011 - The UK Judicial Office announces Assange has applied to take his appeal against extradition to Sweden to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

    December 5, 2011 - The British High Court approves Assange's application to have his case against extradition to Sweden heard by Britain's Supreme Court.

    May 30, 2012 - The British Supreme Court denies Assange's appeal against extradition to Sweden, but grants him two weeks to file an appeal. This is unusual, because rulings are supposed to be final.

    June 14, 2012 - The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom dismisses an application filed by an attorney for Julian Assange seeking to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden.

    June 19, 2012 - On its Twitter page, WikiLeaks writes that Assange is currently at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and has requested political asylum. An official of Ecuador confirms this.

    June 20, 2012 - London's Metropolitan Police announces that Assange is subject to arrest for breaking the terms of his bail after attempting to claim asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

    June 21, 2012 - The Metropolitan Police announce that Assange will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Diplomatic protocol prevents police from entering the embassy to arrest him.

    August 16, 2012 - Ecuador announces it has granted asylum to Assange.

    August 19, 2012 - Makes a public address from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, demanding that the United States drop its "witch hunt" against WikiLeaks.

    September 26, 2012 - Delivers a speech, via satellite to a full conference room at the United Nations, asking the U.S. government to end its actions against him and his website. The event was held by the Mission of Ecuador on U.N. grounds, but was not officially sponsored by the world body.

    November 2012 - Julian Assange's book, "Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet," is released.

    June 19, 2014 - To coincide with Assange's two-year anniversary in the embassy, Wikileaks releases "the secret draft of Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex." This draft pertains to 50 countries and 68% of world trade services.

    February 10, 2015 - Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe tells LBC Radio the operation guarding Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London is "sucking our resources in" as costs spiral to more than 10 million pounds ($15.3 million).

    May 11, 2015 - The Swedish Supreme Court denies Assange's latest appeal to dismiss an arrest warrant for allegations of sexual assault.