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 that day until his surprise arrest in London on Thursday, he had not left the 30-square-metre rooms he called home for nearly seven years.
From entertaining fashion designer Vivienne Westwood monthly to binge-watching "The West Wing," here's what he got up to.
He had access to his own "private quarter" and "a few rooms that he shares with Ecuadorian staff," he told The New Yorker in an August 2017 profile.
One of Assange's friends told the interviewer, "It's like living in a space shuttle."
"The machine has now been delivered and Assange is working up a sweat," Rebecca O'Brien, Loach's producer on many films, told The Times.
He told The New Yorker he rarely parted the drapes during the daytime, or stood at the balcony, as he lived in constant fear of raids.
Assange also said he always had a pair of handcuffs to hand in case, so he could physically secure himself to the Ecuadorian consul if needs be.
"I have a blue sky-light frequency lamp which mimics blue sky shining up to the ceiling. I have to have it on a timer or I am like a battery hen, I stay up all night working," he told the Daily Mail. He took charcoal capsules and vitamin D pills to minimise the effects of his life behind walls.
The reason for the visit remains a mystery.
In emails published by WikiLeaks, Assange called "The Fifth Estate" movie "toxic". Cumberbatch later said he debated quitting the movie after receiving the email. (Source: BBC.)
Siempre recordaremos esta foto de Julian Assange con Noam Chomsky en el balcÃ³n de la embajada ecuatoriana en Londres. Cuando los intereses y el poder van en contra de los derechos humanos... Â¿nos seguiremos llamando civilizaciÃ³n? #FreeAssange #DDHH pic.twitter.com/mrKgRdPrrk— Fati Cevallos Correa (@faticevallossc) April 11, 2019
Chomasky lamented Assange's living situation: "At least if you're in prison, you can see other prisoners, and you can get out and look at the sunshine now and then."
"He's in a small apartment, where he can't go out. You know, he can go to the balcony, but that's about it - basically, a couple of rooms inside a small apartment."
Assange was visited by a "specialist on isolation and trauma," The New Yorker reported. He had become messy and told the specialist "his landscape was becoming a blur".
"The walls of the embassy are as familiar as the interior of my eyelids," he said. "I see them, but I do not see them." He told The New Yorker he often suffered from depression and anxiety.
Assange said he often stays awake for 18, 20, or 22 hours at a time, until he collapses from exhaustion.
She declared: "He knows more about what's going on in the world than anybody I've ever met. He's incredible." (Source: The Telegraph.)
After visiting Assange, Moore said: "He has been holed up in this embassy here. This is not an apartment building. This is a tiny little office on one little part of this one floor in this building and it's just wrong.
"I just came out from visiting him for a couple of hours, and I have to say this is absolute madness that this individual who is responsible for informing us the American people of the lies that our government told us."
Source: The Guardian
In 2012 Assange granted the Daily Mail a tour of his home. "The studio room has space for little more than a mattress on the floor," they wrote. "A rickety shelving unit and a small round table with leatherette chairs."
In an article for The Guardian, Sondra Crosby from the Boston University's school of medicine examined Assange, and wrote: "His continued confinement is dangerous physically and mentally to him and a clear infringement of his human right to healthcare."
Anderson told The Hollywood Reporter: "We talk about everything."
"We talk about the Bible, we talk about what's happening with my kids, what's happening with his family.
"It's not just about politics, even though I do take a lot of notes and it's so overwhelming, the information he gives me.
"He's cut off from everybody. The air and light quality is terrible because he can't keep his windows open and he can't get any sunlight.
"Even prisoners can go outside, but he can't. I'm always bringing him vegan food, but he eats very simply."
"It has to be brought in discreetly," Assange told The New Yorker. "If it is all from the same place, it is a security risk."
"I don't want to sound paranoid. The embassy has security staff, and they have concluded that it is too dangerous."
"People in magazine articles say he doesn't eat, but he had three helpings of lasagna that night and he ate both the baked potato and the jam pudding with his hands," O'Hagan wrote in an article published by the London Review of Books.
Source: Daily Mail
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