WikiLeaks Timeline: Key moments


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses the media as he leaves Belmarsh Magistrates' Court, in south-east London, on February 24, 2011.




Ecuador offered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum today. It's another key moment in WikiLeaks' turbulent history. Here's a look back. 

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks to demonstrators from the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in central London on Oct. 15, 2011. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty) 

Dec. 2007: WikiLeaks officially launches its website.

Sept. 2008: Anonymous hacks Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo account during the presidential campaign. Her emails are then published by WikiLeaks. 

April 2010: WikiLeaks publishes video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed Iraqi civilians and two Reuters journalists.

May 2010: US Army soldier Bradley Manning is arrested on suspicion of providing WikiLeaks with classified material.

July 2010: WikiLeaks publishes 91,000 documents on US involvement in Afghanistan. 

Aug. 2010: Sweden issues an arrest warrant for Assange on one rape allegation and one allegation of molestation.

Oct. 2010: WikiLeaks publishes the Iraq War logs, 400,000 classified US documents on the Iraq war from 2004 to 2009.

Dec. 2010: Interpol puts Assange on its most-wanted list, citing rape allegations. Paypal cuts off WikiLeaks from using its services to collect donations. 

June 2012: Assange files for political asylum at Eduador's London embassy. 

Aug. 16, 2012: Julian Assange offered asylum in Ecuador.