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Timeline of WikiLeaks Highlights
Dec. 2006: WikiLeaks.org launches, offering a secure platform for whistleblowers and leakers to post secret, newsworthy documents while keeping their identities hidden; Julian Assange, a former Australian computer hacker, cryptographer and Internet activist with strong views on liberty and transparency, calls himself its editor-in-chief

Aug. 2007: The Guardian newspaper publishes a front-page story about massive government corruption in Kenya, citing WikiLeaks as its reporting source

Nov. 2007: The "Standard Operating Procedures for Camp Delta," which details internal procedures at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, goes online

Nov. 2007: Daniel Domscheit-Berg begins volunteering for WikiLeaks

Dec. 2008: Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Julian Assange meet in person for the first time at the Chaos Communication Congress (24C3); Julian gives a small lecture

Jan. 2008: WikiLeaks publishes internal documents that suggest that the Julius Baer Bank in Switzerland is helping clients launder money; the bank files suit against WikiLeaks but later drops the case

Nov. 2008: WikiLeaks publishes a report by John Paul Oulu and Oscar Kamau Kingara of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights; the report accuses Kenyan police of thousands of extrajudicial killings

Dec. 2008: Daniel and Julian speak at the Chaos Communication Congress (25C3) to a packed main auditorium

Jan. 2009: Daniel quits his job and starts working full-time for WikiLeaks

Jan. 2009: WikiLeaks releases telephone recordings of Peruvian politicians and businessmen involved in the Petroperu oil scandal

Mar. 2009: John Paul Oulu and Oscar Kamau Kingara of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights are murdered

April 2009: The Architect (Marcus) joins WikiLeaks; he immediately begins upgrading WikiLeaks' operation system and submission platform

June 2009: WikiLeaks publishes internal documents from the Kaupthing Bank in Iceland, implicating various owners of the bank in its collapse

July 2009: WikiLeaks releases a report showing that Iran has covered up a serious nuclear accident at the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran

Nov. 2009: Half a million never-before-seen pager messages sent during the attacks of 9/11 become available on the WikiLeaks site

Dec. 2009: Julian and Daniel speak again at the Chaos Communications Congress (26C3)

April 2010: WikiLeaks posts a video entitled "Collateral Murder," footage from a 2007 U.S. military helicopter strike in Iraq that appears to explicitly show civilians, including two employees of Reuters news agency, targeted and killed

May 2010: Army Specialist Bradley Manning is arrested in Iraq in connection with the release of the classified "Collateral Murder" video

July 2010: In conjunction with WikiLeaks, The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel release dozens of articles based on 91,000 classified U.S. military documents from the war in Afghanistan; the articles provide previously unknown details of the war's operation and casualties; WikiLeaks releases 76,000 of these unredacted documents

Aug. 2010: Two Swedish women claim Julian Assange insisted on having unprotected sex with them; an arrest warrant for sexual assault is issued then withdrawn

Aug. 2010: Julian Assange suspends Daniel Domscheit-Berg

Sept. 2010: Daniel Domscheit-Berg and the Architect leave WikiLeaks; they remove all improvements the Architect made to the submission platform, rendering it impossible to submit new material online

Oct. 2010: In conjunction with WikiLeaks, The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel publish the Iraq War Logs based on 400,000 classified U.S. military files about the war in Iraq, marking the largest military leak in American history

Nov. 2010: An arrest warrant for Assange is issued in Sweden

Nov. 2010: In conjunction with WikiLeaks, The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais and Le Monde publish a series of articles based on 251,287 secret diplomatic cables; the U.S. State Department condemns the release, but activists around the world greet these reports with great enthusiasm

Dec. 2010: Assange turns himself over to London police and after spending several days in prison is placed under house arrest in a supporter's country home

Feb. 2010: A British court rejects Assange's claim that he will be extradited to the United States or not receive a fair trial if he is sent to Sweden and orders him to be extradited; Assange appeals

Aug. 2011: Wikileaks discovers that a copy of their file containing the unredacted diplomatic cables has been leaked online. Over the objections of the Guardian, the Times and numerous human rights groups, Wikileaks publishes all 251,287 cables in their original form. Without redactions

Oct. 2011: WikiLeaks announces it will temporarily shut down after a financial blockade by major credit card companies cuts off its funding

May 2012: Assange loses his appeal in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and is once again ordered to be extradited to Sweden; the Ecuadorian Embassy in London allows Assange to take refuge inside, where he has now remained for over a year

June 2013: Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, leaks details of secret government surveillance programs; WikiLeaks subsequently provides legal assistance to Snowden

July 2013: Bradley Manning is convicted on multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act for leaking documents to WikiLeaks; he is sentenced to 35 years

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