Assange makes Wikileaks with a group of like-minded activists and IT experts to help whistleblowers leak information securely. He quickly becomes his figurehead and a lightning rod for criticism.
March: The US authorities claim that Assange has committed a conspiracy to hack a classified US government computer with the former Army intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning.
July: Wikileaks introduces tens of thousands of documents with top secrets, including a video of American helicopter pilots who shot 12 civilians in Baghdad in 2007. What followed was the release of more than 90,000 classified US military files from the Afghan war and 400,000 from Iraq including the names of informants.
August: Two Swedish women claim that they each had consensual sex with Assange in separate cases when he was on a 10-day trip to Stockholm. They claim that the gender became non-consensual when Assange refused to wear a condom.
The first woman claims that Assange was staying in her apartment in Stockholm when he took off her clothes. She told the police that when she realized that Assange was trying to have unprotected sex with her, she demanded that he use a condom. She claims that he tore the condom before he had sex.
The second Swedish woman claims that she had sex with Assange in her apartment in Stockholm and she let him wear a condom. She claims she later woke up to find Assange who had unprotected sex with her.
He was interrogated by the police in Stockholm and denied the charges. Assange has received permission from the Swedish authorities to fly back to the UK.
November: A Swedish court ruled that the investigation should be reopened and that Assange should be detained for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion. An international arrest warrant is issued by the Swedish police via Interpol.
Wikileaks publishes its cache of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables.
December: Assange presents himself to the London police and appears during an extradition session where he is taken into pre-trial detention. Assange receives conditional bail at the High Court in London after his supporters pay £ 240,000 in cash and bail.
February: A British judge decides that Assange should be extradited to Sweden, but Wikileaks has found vows to contest the decision.
April: A cache of classified US military documents is released by Wikileaks, including intelligence assessments of almost all 779 people being held in Cuba's Guantanamo Bay prison.
November: Assange loses High Court appeal against the decision to extradite him.
June: Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London with the request for political asylum.
August: Assange receives political asylum from Ecuador.
June: Assange tells a group of journalists that he will not leave the embassy even if sex disputes against him are ended for fear of being extradited to the US.
August: Swedish prosecutors drop investigations into some sex allegations against Assange because of time restrictions. The investigation into suspected rape remains active.
July: Wikileaks starts by leaking emails from representatives of the American Democratic Party who favor Hillary Clinton.
November: Assange is questioned about the allegation of sex at the Ecuadorian embassy in the presence of the assistant public prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and police inspector Cecilia Redell. The interview takes two days.
January: Barack Obama agrees that whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from prison. Her announced release raises speculations. Assange will end his self-imposed exile after Wikileaks tweeted that he would agree to American rendition.
April: Lenin Moreno becomes the new president of Ecuador, who was known to want to improve diplomatic relations between his country and the US.
May: An investigation into gender discrimination against Assange is suddenly rejected by Swedish prosecutors.
January: Ecuador confirms that it has granted citizenship to Assange following its request.
February: Assange is visited by Pamela Anderson and Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel.
March: The Ecuadorian embassy suspends Assands internet access for failing to honor a promise it made the year before to not send & # 39;
August: Senate committee asks to interview Assange as part of their investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.
September: Assange resigns as editor of WikiLeaks.
October: Assange reveals that he will take legal action against the government of Ecuador and accuses him of violating his & # 39; fundamental rights and freedoms & # 39 ;.
November: The US Department of Justice accidentally mentions Assange in a judicial document that says he has been indicted in secret.
January: Assange's lawyers say they are taking action to ensure that President Trump's government indicts & # 39; secretly & # 39; deposits against him.
6 April: WikiLeaks tweets that a high-level Ecuadorian source has told Assange that within & # 39; hours or days & # 39; will be expelled from the embassy. But a senior Ecuadorian official says no decision has been taken to remove him from the London building.
11 April: Assange has his diplomatic asylum revoked by Ecuador.