by Gary Lord
Copyright Gary Lord 2020
NOTE: This brief timeline of key 2010 events will be fully expanded at a later date.
18 February 2010: WikiLeaks publishes the Reykjavik 13 cable, the first document from the alleged Manning leaks. It was followed by further US cables about Iceland’s unfolding banking scandal.
15 March 2010: WikiLeaks published a secret 32-page US Department of Defense Counterintelligence Analysis Report (written in March 2008) discussing the leaking of material by WikiLeaks and how it could be deterred. See Chapter Three for more information.
5 April 2010: WikiLeaks published the Collateral Murder video. Described by WikiLeaks as "a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad - including two Reuters news staff." The attack by a US helicopter crew occured on 12 July 2007.
6 June 2010: Wired magazine reported that US Army Private Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning had been arrested on 27 May 2010. Wired interviewed former computer hacker Adrian Lamo, who said he had given a copy of his private online chats with Manning to federal investigators.
25 July 2010: WikiLeaks began publishing the Afghan War Diary in conjunction with other global news organisations. A Guardian editorial stated: "The war logs consist of more than 92,000 records of actions of the US military in Afghanistan between January 2004 and December 2009."
11 August 2010: Julian Assange landed in Sweden to negotiate a deal for WikiLeaks Internet storage servers. He stayed at the apartment of a woman named Anna Ardin, who had consensual sex with him over several days. Four days later Assange gave a speech at Stockholm’s Trade Union Headquarters, where another woman, Sofia Wilen, was in the audience wearing a pink cashmere sweater. She also later had consensual sex with him. Both women then discussed their experiences and went to the police on 20 August 2010, reportedly because they wanted Assange to have an AIDS test. The chief prosecutor for Stockholm reviewed the police allegations and dropped the preliminary investigation, stating that “no crime at all” had been committed and that “the evidence did not disclose any evidence of rape”. She dismissed the arrest warrant against Mr Assange, who had remained in Sweden while the case was resolved.
1 September 2010: Sweden’s Director of Prosecution, Marianne Ny, reopened the investigation a week later and placed herself in charge of it, but did not request Assange’s detention.
27 September 2010: Julian Assange’s suitcase went missing during a direct flight from Stockholm to Berlin. Assange later stated in an affadavit: "The suitcase carried three laptops containing WikiLeaks material, associated data and privileged communications protected under client-attorney confidentiality laws and source protection laws. The suspected seizure or theft occurred at a time of intense attempts by the US to stop WikiLeaks' publications of 2010."
25 October 2010: Julian Assange won the Sam Adams Award for Integrity, awarded by former CIA security professionals.
18 November 2010: The BBC reported: "Sweden is to issue an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a rape case."
20 November 2010: Sweden issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange.
28 November 2010: The first of 251,287 Cablegate files were published by WikiLeaks and global media partners. The files are now available online as part of the PlusD library.
2 December 2010: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared that the leaking of classified documents via the WikiLeaks website was "illegal". She ordered a full police investigation into Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
4 December 2010: Julian Assange published answers to readers' questions in a Guardian Q and A.
7 December 2010: Julian Assange surrendered to UK police and was placed in solitary confinement at Wandsworth Prison in London. He was released ten days later after supporters paid a massive £340,000 bail.
8 December 2010: The Australian newspaper published an article by Julian Assange titled "Don’t Shoot The Messenger For Revealing Uncomfortable Truths".
"The powers of the Australian government appear to be fully at the disposal of the US as to whether to cancel my Australian passport, or to spy on or harass WikiLeaks supporters. The Australian Attorney-General is doing everything he can to help a US investigation clearly directed at framing Australian citizens and shipping them to the US."
10 December 2010: Australian police declared that neither WikiLeaks nor its founder Julian Assange has committed any crime.
14 December 2010: The United States Department of Justice issued a subpoena directing Twitter to provide information for accounts registered to or associated with WikiLeaks. Twitter notified affected users.
20 December 2010: US Vice President Joe Biden said of WikiLeaks journalism: "I would argue it is closer to being a hi-tech terrorist than the Pentagon papers." Many other prominent figures in the USA and allied states had already called for Julian Assange’s arrest or assassination.
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