Ecuador expels the United States ambassador over Wikileaks diplomatic cables alleging corruption within the Ecuadorian police force.
A judge in the United Kingdom denies bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange days after his extradition to the United States was blocked. The judge cited the risk of Assange escaping the extradition process or refusing to surrender to court if asked to do so. Assange's lawyers will appeal the decision whereas the U.S. Department of Justice continues to seek his extradition. Assange's partner urges the US to pardon him.
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.
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.
It is revealed that the United States has subpoenaed Twitter for personal information regarding people connected to Wikileaks, including founder Julian Assange, suspected source of leaks Bradley Manning, and supporter Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of Iceland's Althing.
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