Later in the day, Assange was found guilty of breaching bail, a charge that could lead to as many as 12 months in prison. He could also be extradited to the US, where he faces charges related to his alleged role in "one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States," according to the US Justice Department. WikiLeaks and Assange have been under scrutiny since the 2010 release ofrelated to the war in Afghanistan.
Here are some of the major events leading up to Assange's arrest:
- In June 2012, Assange skipped bail and
in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations. Ecuador offered him asylum amid legal tussles with the US, Sweden and the UK.
- Swedish prosecutors against Assange in May 2017, but the WikiLeaks founder was still wanted in the UK for skipping bail in 2012.
- In January 2018, Assange asked a UK court to . Later that month, the government of Ecuador said Assange's situation of being holed up in the embassy was " ."
- In February 2018, Assange called on the UK and Sweden to , saying the countries were violating a UN order to release and compensate him. The following week, Assange to halt a UK warrant for his arrest.
- The Ecuadorian embassy in March 2018 after the government said he violated an agreement not to interfere in its relations with other countries.
was held in June 2018 outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for Assange's health. An international group of lawyers had appealed to the UN's Human Rights Council, stating concerns that Assange's physical and mental health were being affected by his confinement.
- Media reported in September 2018 that Assange may have before ending up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012.
- In September 2018, statement, WikiLeaks said Assange was being "held incommunicado (except visits by his lawyers) for six months while arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian embassy." Assange remained the site's publisher. as its editor-in-chief, installing Kristinn Hrafnsson, a journalist from Iceland. In a
- Assange WikiLeaks statement. The embassy also allegedly censored Assange's speech and required journalists, lawyers and others who wanted to see him to share with Ecuador information such as social media usernames and serial numbers of devices. At the time, Ecuador's foreign minister said the protocols the embassy adopted were in line with Ecuador's laws and international standards. in October 2018 for violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms." Ecuador didn't let Assange meet with his lawyers or Dinah PoKempner, general counsel of Human Rights Watch, on many occasions, according to a
- In late October 2018, Assange
- Reports in November 2018 revealed that Assange had been by the US Justice Department with unspecified crimes. Prosecutors had apparently inadvertently revealed the charges while filing an unrelated case.
- In April 2019, UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer of Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy, saying it could "expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights." Days later, .