In its formal statement, Ecuador reasoned that "as a consequence of [Assange's] determined defense to freedom of expression and freedom of press…
The United States investigation confirmed its ongoing proceedings against Wiki Leaks in a 15 December 2015 court submission.
Assange and his supporters state he is concerned not about any proceedings in Sweden as such, but that his deportation to Sweden could lead to politically motivated deportation to the United States, where he could face severe penalties, up to the death sentence, for his activities related to Wiki Leaks.
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.
Two weeks later, he filed for the trademark "Julian Assange" in Europe, which was to be used for "Public speaking services; news reporter services; journalism; publication of texts other than publicity texts; education services; entertainment services." In the same documents there was a proposal by the NSA to designate Wiki Leaks as a "malicious foreign actor", thus increasing the surveillance against it.
On 26 January 2015, Wiki Leaks reported that three members of the organisation had received notice from Google that Google had complied with a federal warrant by a U. District Court to turn over their emails and metadata on 5 April 2012.