The warrants cited 18 USC 371, 641, 793(d), 793(g), and 1030, which include espionage, conspiracy to commit espionage, theft or conversion of property belonging to the United States government, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and general conspiracy.
Accordingly to the statement by Wikileaks, the alleged offenses could add up to a total of 45 years of imprisonment each for Assange and other Wiki Leaks staff.
He has won accolades including the Sam Adams Award and Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.
Following the 2010 leaks, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into Wiki Leaks and asked allied nations for assistance.
Assange surrendered himself to UK police on 7 December 2010, and was held for ten days before being released on bail.
On 16 August 2012, Foreign Minister Patiño announced that Ecuador was granting Assange political asylum because of the threat represented by the United States secret investigation against him and several calls for assassination from many American politicians.
In its formal statement, Ecuador reasoned that "as a consequence of [Assange's] determined defense to freedom of expression and freedom of press…