A timeline of Julian Assange's six-and-a-half year confinement in a 330-square-feet space in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he hung out with Pamela Anderson and hardly saw the sun
- UK police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday after Ecuador rescinded his asylum, bringing an end to a nearly seven-year stay in the embassy.
- During his stay he dressed his cat in bow ties, befriended Pamela Anderson and Jesse Jackson, and worked out with soccer legend Eric Cantona.
- Here's a timeline of how Assange filled his time, permitted to roam around just 330-square-feet of space in London.
On Wednesday May 30, 2012 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost an extradition case to Sweden, where he had been accused of rape.Facing deportation to Sweden, which he feared would lead him to be extradited to the US on charges of leaking government documents, Assange walked up to the front door of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19, 2012, and politely asked for political asylum.
From entertaining fashion designer Vivienne Westwood on a monthly basis, to binge watching "The West Wing," here's what he got up to.
June 19, 2012: Julian Assange is admitted to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, after ringing the bell and asking for asylum.
Assange was designated 330 square-feet to make a home in by the Ambassador.
July 2012: British film-maker Ken Loach, hearing of Assange's limited space, sends him a treadmill for him to pass the time on.
August 16, 2012: Assange gets his official asylum status approved by Ecuador, and begins his six-and-a half-year residency as a political refugee.
In the year before entering the embassy, Assange spent 50 hours in interviews with biographer Andrew O’Hagan, but got cold feet and attempted to scrap the proposed book. Canongate, the book's publisher, released it anyway and Assange spent the first months in his new home in a dispute with them.
September 2012: "I miss many things, going to the shops, or out to eat with friends," Assange tells the Daily Mail. "I miss an open horizon, putting my toes in the sea, going fishing, climbing a mountain."
Assange spent much of his time trying to find a solution for the lack of natural light.
October 2012: The first of Assange's celebrity acquaintances, Lady Gaga, pays a surprise visit to the embassy.
November 2012: Assange starts to experience a chronic lung condition due to the amount of time spent inside, Ecuador’s ambassador to the UK, Ana Alban said.
October 2013: Amid the release of a new film depicting his life, Assange outright refuses to meet Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor portraying him.
December 2013: Actor John Cusack visits Assange.
December 2013: Assange meets with political thinker Noam Chomsky, and pops out onto the balcony for a photo opportunity.
July 2014: Assange begins exercising with French soccer legend, Eric Cantona.
August 2015: Assange hosts and spends time chatting with Jesse Jackson, the American civil rights activist.
In 2015, Assange admits his stifling lifestyle has rendered him depressed and anxious.
February 2016: Iconic British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood reveals she visits Assange "every first Thursday of the month."
May 2016: Assange gets a kitten and sets up a Twitter account for it under the handle @EmbassyCat. He called it Michi, an Ecuadorian word for cat.
Assange spent a great deal of time dressing the cat up in bow ties.
American documentary filmmaker Michael Moore played with Assange's cat when he visited. The Twitter account named him: "Meowchael Moore."
July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks publishes Democratic Party emails. In the seven weeks before, Assange filled his time speaking to 80 visitors — including Russian state broadcaster RT, and philosopher Slavoj Žižek.
Assange's private living conditions were cramped.
January 2018: Assange's health continues to deteriorate due to his living situation.
March 2018: Assange's internet connection is cut off after he breaches a commitment "not to issue messages that might interfere with other states."
October 2018: It emerges "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson and Assange are great friends and confidants. She has been visiting him since October 2016.
Throughout his near seven-year stay, Assange only ate food obtained carefully and in secret. One of his favorite dishes is seafood linguine.
Assange's biographer Andrew O'Hagan wrote that Assange doesn't use cutlery, and eats hot food like baked potatoes with his hands.
While he couldn't go outside, Assange did have access to a TV during his six and a half years in the embassy. He said he loved to escape by watching The Twilight Zone and The West Wing religiously.
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