WikiLeaks Timeline: Key moments


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses the media as he leaves Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, Feb. 24, 2011. He's always been the retiring type.




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.