How the saga of a trip to Sweden, an arrest warrant and refuge in an Ecuadorian embassy unfolded
14 August Assange invited to Stockholm to address seminar by the Social Democrats’ Brotherhood Movement, staying at apartment of Miss A. The two reportedly have sex that night.
17 August Assange reportedly has sex with Miss W, a woman he met at the seminar on August 14.
17-20 August Both women share concerns over their sexual encounters.
20 August The Swedish prosecutor’s office issues an arrest warrant for Assange, for two separate allegations of rape and molestation.
18 November Stockholm district court approves a request to detain the WikiLeaks founder for questioning, on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.
20 November An international arrest warrant for Assange is issued by Swedish police via Interpol.
30 November Interpol issues a red notice for Assange.
8 December Assange presents himself to London police. He is remanded in custody after an extradition hearing.
14 December Protesters demonstrate outside London’s City of Westminster magistrates court, where Assange is appearing on an extradition warrant. He is granted bail on security of £200,000 to court and guarantee of two sureties of £20,000. Two hours later, Swedish authorities challenge decision to grant bail. Assange is kept in custody.
16 December Granted bail after supporters pay £240,000 cash and sureties.
7 February An extradition hearing begins at Belmarsh magistrates court. Later in the month the court rules for extradition to Sweden.
3 March Assange’s lawyers say they have lodged papers at the high court for an appeal against the ruling.
12 July Assange launches his appeal. His QC, Ben Emmerson, argues the European arrest warrant that led to his client’s arrest contained “fundamental misstatements” of what had occurred in Stockholm last August.
13 July Judges reserve judgment on the appeal.
2 November Assange loses his appeal. He says he will consider his next steps in the days ahead.
30 May UK supreme court upholds the high court decision, rules that extradition is lawful and can go ahead.
14 June The supreme court rejects a move by Assange to reopen his appeal against his extradition, saying it was “without merit”. He has until 28 June to ask European judges in Strasbourg to postpone extradition on the basis he has not had a fair hearing from the UK courts.
19 June Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London, requesting political asylum.
26 July An official at the Ecuadorian embassy says the country’s government is seeking to stop the “evil” of Assange potentially being extradited to the US from Sweden.
16 August Ecuador says it has granted Assange political asylum. The country says the WikiLeaks founder can stay at the embassy for as long as he chooses.
23 January Assange speaks to Oxford University undergraduates via video link from the embassy, but refuses to answer any questions about the extradition case.
13 October A film about Assange and WikiLeaks, The Fifth Estate, is released. Assange does not like it.
21 February The ghostwriter of Assange’s abortive 2011 autobiography, Andrew O’ Hagan, writes an article about his relationship with the WikiLeaks founder broke down.
25 February Lawyers for Assange ask Sweden’s supreme court to agree that the “severe limitations” on his freedoms are unreasonable and disproportionate to the case. The appeal is rejected in May.
12 October The Metropolitan police announce that permanent patrols outside the embassy, in place since Assange arrived, will be ended as they are “no longer proportionate”.
4 February A UN panel rules that Assange’s three-and-a-half years in the Ecuadorian embassy amount to “arbitrary detention”, leading his lawyers to call for the Swedish extradition request to be dropped immediately. The Foreign Office says in response that Assange had “never been arbitrarily detained by the UK but is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorian embassy”.
25 May A Stockholm district court upholds the arrest warrant against Assange, saying there is still “probable cause for suspicion” against the WikiLeaks founder.
19 June Assange begins his fifth year of asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.
22 July Wikileaks releases a cache of 19,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee email system. US intelligence agencies later say with “high confidence” that the leaked material was provided by Moscow, though Assange denies receiving any material from Russia.
14 November Ingrid Isgren, a senior Swedish prosecutor, begins interviewing Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London. The process lasts for two days.
7 December Assange releases a transcript of the answers he gave during his interview with Isgren, saying he wants “people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been.”
18 January A lawyer for Assange indicates that the WikiLeaks founder is ready to face extradition to the US after Barack Obama commuted the sentence of US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning .
25 January Assange then backtracks on the pledge to go to the US, claiming that Barack Obama’s decision to grant Manning clemency was a bid to “make life hard” for him.
7 March WikiLeaks publishes what it describes as the biggest leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices.
21 April Jeff Sessions, the US attorney general, says the arrest of Assange is now a “priority” for the US. Hours later it is reported by CNN that authorities have prepared charges against Assange, who has been subject to a grand jury investigation since 2011.
19 May Swedish prosecutors announce they are to drop their investigation into Assange, bringing to an end a seven-year legal standoff. The announcement comes after the government of Ecuador sent a letter to the Swedish government saying there had been a “serious failure” by the prosecutor Marianne Ny, including a “lack of initiative” to complete inquiries.
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