Julian Assange Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He is wanted by Swedish authorities over allegations of sexual assault, and was granted asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on July 19, 2012.

Birth date:
July 3, 1971
Birth place: Townsville, Queensland, Australia
    Father: John Shipton
    Mother: Christine (Hawkins) Assange
    Other Facts:
    If apprehended by the Swedes, he has said he could eventually end up in the United States, where he could be charged and tried over the leak of confidential U.S. documents to the public via the website WikiLeaks.
    When he was a year old, his mother married Brett Assange.
    Guest-starred as himself on the 500th episode of The Simpsons, in 2012. He recorded his lines over the phone from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been granted asylum.
    - 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.
    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.
    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.
    July 3, 2015 - France rejects Assange's request for "protection" after the controversial WikiLeaks founder publishes an open letter in national newspaper Le Monde.
    August 13, 2015 - Swedish prosecutors announce they are dropping allegations involving sexual molestation and coercion as statutes of limitations in the investigation run out this month. However, the allegation of suspicion of rape still stands, and he may be investigated on it until 2020, Swedish prosecutors have said.