When Assange originally sought asylum, he had been facing extradition to Sweden in connection with a sexual assault case, CNN reported. Although those charges were eventually dropped, he stayed in the embassy "because he feared arrest and extradition to the United States for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks," The Associated Press reported.
Assange also faces an extradition request from the United States. A court hearing about that request is scheduled for Thursday, USA Today reported.
In an indictment unsealed April 11 by the U.S. Justice Department, officials said Assange was suspected of conspiring with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.
The federal charge stems from March 2010, when authorities say Assange “agreed to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on United State Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network, a United States government network used for classified documents and communications.”