Julian Assange rape accusations - the timeline to asylum in Ecuador bid
Here are the key dates in the case against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
August 11 - Assange arrives in Stockholm for a speaking trip where it was arranged for him to stay at the apartment of ''Miss A''.
August 14 - Assange and ''Miss A'' attend a seminar by the Social Democrats' Brotherhood Movement, at which the Australian is the key speaker. The two reportedly have sex that night.
August 17 - Assange reportedly has sex with ''Miss W'', a woman he met at the seminar on August 14.
Between August 17 and 20 - The two women are said to have shared concerns over their sexual encounters with Assange.
August 20 - The Swedish Prosecutor's Office issues an arrest warrant for Assange for two separate allegations - one of rape and one of molestation.
August 21 - The arrest warrant is withdrawn but the molestation charge remains.
August 31 - Assange is questioned by police in Stockholm and formally told of the allegations against him which he denies.
September 1 - Director of Prosecutions Marianne Ny says she is reopening the rape investigation against Assange.
October 18 - The WikiLeaks founder is denied residency in Sweden with no reason given.
November 18 - Stockholm District Court approves a request to detain the WikiLeaks founder for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.
November 20 - An international arrest warrant for Assange is issued by Swedish police via Interpol.
November 30 - Interpol issues a ''red notice'' for Assange.
December 8 - Assange presents himself to London police and appears at an extradition hearing where he is remanded in custody.
December 14 - The world media and protesters besiege the road outside City of Westminster Magistrates' Court where Assange is appearing on an extradition warrant.
He is granted conditional bail but must provide a security of £200,000 to the court and guarantee two sureties, each of £20,000.
The court's decision is welcomed by high profile supporters Jemima Khan, Tariq Ali and John Pilger.
Two hours later, the Swedish authorities challenge the decision to grant bail and the Australian is kept behind bars until a more senior judge can hear the appeal.
December 16 - Assange is granted conditional bail at the High Court in London after his supporters pay £240,000 in cash and sureties.
In court, the judge rules that supporters and journalists should not use the micro-blogging site Twitter to give instant coverage.
Assange makes a statement on the court steps whilst his mother Christine says she is ''very, very happy'' with the decision.
December 17 - Assange claims the investigation in to him is illegal, saying he has not been provided with any evidence relating to the allegations.
January 11 - Assange appears at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in preperation for a two-day full extradition hearing.
February 7 - The WikiLeaks founder appears at the first day of the extradition hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court, where the Swedish prosecutor is accused of having a ''biased view'' against men.
Swedish officials confirm they wish to prosecute, rather than just question Assange.
February 8 - During the second day of the hearing, the court is told that a hoard of secret text messages could hold the key to finally clearing Assange's name.
Former Swedish prosecutor, Sven-Erik Alhem, gives a wandering witness testimony with sharp exchanges between the defence and prosecution.
February 11 - Assange appears at the final day of the hearing where the case is adjourned to February 24.
His lawyers claim extradition would breach his human rights and fear he could ultimately be taken against his will to the United States and executed.
February 24 - District Judge Howard Riddle rules that Assange should be extradited.
June 17 - Supporters of the Wikileaks founder claim CCTV cameras have been installed around his temporary home.
July 12 - Assange launches appeal to block his extradition, with his lawyers telling the Court of Appeal that a European Arrest Warrant was "misleading in the extreme" and based on allegations which would not constitute a crime in the UK.
July 14 - Clare Montgomery, representing the Swedish authorities, tells a judge that two women who accused Assange of sexual assault did not freely consent to his advances but felt "trapped" into "submitting to his will".
November 2 - Assange loses his High Court appeal against extradition, leaving one last option of taking case to the Supreme Court on the grounds that it raises issues of public importance.
December 5 - Assange wins permission to challenge whether Swedish authorities had the authority to issue European arrest warrants.
Feb 1 - Assange begins challenge at Supreme Court to block his extradition.
May 30 - Assange loses Supreme Court fight against extradition to Sweden.
June 19 - Assange applies for political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.