WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is arrested in London after Ecuador withdraws asylum. He is later found guilty of breaching bail in 2012 by a British court, however he faces likely extradition to the United States over allegations he conspired with former US military analyst Chelsea Manning to acquire classified U.S. government files.
A judge in Ecuador rules against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who had contested new rules imposed on him in the country's embassy in London. Assange had argued that the conditions violated his "fundamental rights and freedoms", and were intended to force him to leave. His lawyers have appealed against the ruling. Assange took refuge in the embassy six years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
The "Irish Independent" and "The Belfast Telegraph" begin a week-long joint publication of the Ireland Cables, the latest batch of U.S. diplomatic cables, in co-operation with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. The cables, dating back more than 25 years, feature government members, diplomats, alleged terrorists, oil companies and Vatican insiders.
"Dawn", Pakistan's largest English-language newspaper, begins publication of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables it has obtained in a deal with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. The cables show that the Pakistani military asked the United States to increase its drone attacks against insurgents on Pakistani territory, a request Pakistani authorities have not admitted in public.
WikiLeaks spokesperson Julian Assange is moved to the segregation unit of London's Wandsworth Prison "for his own safety, presumably", says his lawyer. [http:--www.theage.com.au-world-assange-moved-to-isolation-20101211-18t8z.html (AFP via "The Age")]A lawyer in Melbourne who formerly bossed Prime Minister Julia Gillard criticises her and Attorney-General Robert McClelland for their comments that the WikiLeaks website and arrested spokesperson Julian Assange have broken the law. Having known both as "good lawyers and decent people", Peter Gordon of Slater and Gordon says such comments are a reminder of "the seductive and compulsive draw of power". [http:--www.smh.com.au-national-legal-fury-at-war-on-free-speech-20101210-18sv3.html ("The Sydney Morning Herald")]Assange's lawyer says any espionage-related prosecution of the WikiLeaks website in the United States would be "unconstitutional and call into question First Amendment protections for all media organisations". [http:--www.theage.com.au-world-assange-indictment-unconstitutional-lawyer-20101211-18t7q.html (AFP via "The Age")]Protests calling for Assange's release occur across Spain. [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-europe-11977406 (BBC)] [http:--www.nzherald.co.nz-world-news-article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10693788&ref=rss ("The New Zealand Herald")]date=August 2019 Protests calling for Assange's release occur across Spain. [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-europe-11977406 (BBC)] [http:--www.nzherald.co.nz-world-news-article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10693788&ref=rss ("The New Zealand Herald")]date=August 2019
Ecuador invites Julian Assange of WikiLeaks to speak publicly and offers him residency where he can make more revelations. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez praises the website and calls for the resignation of U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton.