Ecuador revokes Assange asylum status; WikiLeaks founder arrested

Ecuador revokes Assange asylum status; WikiLeaks founder arrested

Police in London say they have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012.

Assange, an Australian native, was arrested on a Westminster Magistrates' Court warrant which was issued on June 29, 2012, for failing to surrender to court, Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The Ecuadorian president had said Assange had "repeatedly violated" the conditions of his asylum in his country's London embassy. Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, said the asylum offer had been withdrawn due to Assange's "discourteous and aggressive behaviour".

"Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange's political asylum in violation of worldwide law", the site said on Twitter, adding that the ambassador "invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested".

Moreno said most recently, WikiLeaks released Vatican documents, and that before and after the release key members of the organization visited Assange, pointing to his continued relationship with a group "interfering in internal affairs of other states".

Assange has lived at the embassy since 2012 out of fear of being extradited to Sweden over sexual assault accusations.


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

United Kingdom police officers arrested today Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks project that for years leaked state secrets from governments all over the world.

The journalist and Assange supporter John Pilger called last week for people to "fill the street outside the embassy and protect him and show solidarity with a courageous man".

The U.S. will seek his extradition without delay, reports said, but the final decision would be left to the British courts.

Assange has now been taken from Ecuador's embassy and is now at a central London police station.

It commented: "Maria Paula Romo, Ecuador Minister of the Interior, this morning held a press conference, claiming there are Russian hackers in Ecuador, and also that there is one person part of WikiLeaks living in Ecuador since several years". Assange also fears the possibility of extradition to the USA for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks. They also said they were arresting Assange for breaching United Kingdom bail conditions.

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