Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

12 April, 2019, 09:45 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Assange claims he is going to be thrown out of the Embassy

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested after seven years in Ecuador's embassy in London, UK police say.

Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno said on Twitter the action was taken after Assange's "repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols". Media reports said the British government agreed with Ecuador not to extradite Mr Assange to countries with death penalty after revocation of his asylum.

As a result, he sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy, breaking bail conditions which had been imposed in the UK.

The organization also tweeted that Assange's political asylum was terminated "in violation of global law".

The WikiLeaks' founder was wheeled out of the embassy by the police and taken into custody in Central London on Thursday morning.

Assange, sporting a scruffy beard and unkempt hair, was dragged out of the embassy in handcuffs by a group of seven men after his asylum status was withdrawn.

In a brief video statement, Moreno described Assange's behaviour as "discourteous and aggressive", claiming the 47-year-old had made "hostile and threatening declarations" against his country.

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"Ecuador has made a sovereign decision to withdraw diplomatic asylum from Julian Assange over regular violations of global conventions", Moreno wrote on Twitter.

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks officials held a press conference where they accused Ecuador of spying on Mr Assange.

Relations between Assange and Ecuador have grown increasingly prickly as the years have dragged on, and the Australian had faced increasing pressure to leave the embassy in recent months. The Justice Department said Thursday that Assange has been indicted on a single charge of conspiring to steal military secrets with Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who supplied thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Although that case has since been dropped, a British arrest warrant remained open for the WikiLeaks founder "for failing to surrender" to authorities.

Mr Assange's exit from the embassy ends a almost seven-year standoff between the controversial transparency advocate and British authorities. "Thank you Ecuador and President Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with [the British Foreign Office] to ensure Assange faces justice".

United Kingdom police has been seeking to arrest Assange since August 2012, when he skipped an appearance in court and breached his bail conditions.

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