British police arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Wednesday March 18 2020

In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange raises his fist on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. PHOTO | JUSTIN TALLIS | AFP



British police have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London after his asylum was withdrawn, the police said in a statement Thursday.

Mr Assange has been living at the embassy since 2012 when he sought refuge there.

Here are the key dates in the life of the WikiLeaks founder:

1971: He is born July 3 in Townsville, Australia. During his nomadic childhood and youth, he attends 37 schools.

1990s: Becomes a computer programmer and software developer, with a talent for hacking.


2003-2006: Studies physics and mathematics at the University of Melbourne.

2006: Sets up to enable whistleblowers to post sensitive documents on the internet without being traced.

2010: Swedish prosecutors issue an arrest warrant for Assange over allegations of rape and sexual assault involving two women. He denies the accusations.

2010: WikiLeaks publishes classified military documents on American diplomacy and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, making Assange a pariah in the United States.

2012: To escape extradition from Britain, he requests political asylum from Ecuador and takes refuge at its embassy in London. Asylum is granted weeks later.

2016: WikiLeaks publishes 20,000 hacked emails from the US election campaign team of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

2017: Swedish prosecutors drop their rape probe. The same year, Assange becomes an Ecuadoran citizen.

2018: WikiLeaks' attorney describes his living conditions in the embassy as "inhuman".

2019 Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno says Assange has violated the conditions of his asylum. British police arrest Assange, saying his asylum had been withdrawn.