WikiLeaks Founder Assange Arrested In London

Friday, 12 Apr, 2019

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

Shortly after the arrest, WikiLeaks tweeted that the Ecuadorian ambassador invited the British police into the embassy in order to arrest Assange.

He was arrested on Thursday on a warrant issued by Westminster magistrates court on 29 June 2012 when he failed to surrender to the court.

Assange sought asylum at the embassy after he released thousands of secret documents through Wikileaks, some of which humiliated the United States government.

The arrest comes after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum.

"During the conspiracy, Manning and Assange engaged in real-time discussions regarding Manning's transmission of classified records to Assange", the DOJ said in a statement.

He was then granted asylum by Ecuador and allowed to remain in the embassy.

US prosecutors have not brought formal charges against Assange, but the WikiLeaks co-founder has suspected that he faces criminal charges under seal, meaning they have been prepared secretly.

The Wikileaks Twitter account said, "Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of global law". At the time, Assange was fighting his extradition from the United Kingdom to Sweden, where police was investigating the WikiLeaks founder in a 2010 sexual assault and rape cape. That case has been dropped, but Assange has remained in the embassy to avoid being extradited to the USA or another country he has claimed wants to question him.

Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno issued a video statement Thursday explaining his country's decision, saying it had "reached its limit" on his behavior.

"It's not so much that Julian Assange was being held hostage in the Ecuadorian Embassy, it was actually Julian Assange holding the Ecuadorian Embassy hostage".

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has accused WikiLeaks of spreading allegations of offshore corruption and leaking family photos on social media. Although Sweden has dropped the sexual assault case that first led to Assange's arrest in Britain, U.K. authorities said he would be rearrested if he ever left the embassy because he skipped bail in the original case. "No one is above the law", Javid said.

"He has hidden from the truth for years and years and it is right that his future should be decided in the British judicial system", Hunt said.