WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a judge in the United Kingdom for breaching bail in 2012. Assange still faces possible extradition to the United States on charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
London police end their three-year long, round-the-clock guard outside the Ecuadorian Embassy waiting to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Officers have been stationed at this embassy since June 2012. Police said the operation cost 11.1 million pounds (17.6 million dollars) through April 2015. Assange is wanted for jumping bail in England and sexual assault allegations in Sweden. Assange denies the Swedish charges and suspects the real reason is to bring him to the U.S.
In the stand-off between Britain and Ecuador over Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a speech critical of the United States' policy against Wikileaks, "dragging us all in a dark, repressive world in which journalists live under fear of prosecution", from the balcony of Ecuador's London embassy.
The Federal Government of Australia is helping the United States investigate Australians involved with the WikiLeaks website according to Julian Assange, who requests that Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Attorney-General Robert McClelland reveal every detail of assistance to foreign governments.
The U.S. ambassador to Iceland is summoned in relation to secret United States attempts to access private details concerning Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir. The matter is described as "very serious".
The United Nations office for torture issues in Geneva investigates an abuse complaint concerning United States Army private Bradley Manning, suspected by the United States government of passing classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
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
Julian Assange of Wikileaks says the United States has approached the website to try to negotiate the release of a further 15,000 Afghanistan war documents which the military desires to keep secret; the United States denies this.