Police have arrested WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as the Ecuadorian government withdrew asylum. Arrest comes one day after WikiLeaks accused the Ecuadorian government of an “extensive spying operation” against him.
An arrest warrant was issued for Assange in 2010 for separate allegations, rape and molestation after he visited Sweden for a speaking trip. Assange had refused to leave the embassy, claiming he would be extradited to the US for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.
On Twitter, The President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno tweeted that, “In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life- protocols”. WikiLeaks reacted by stating that the Ecuadorian government had acted illegally in terminating Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”.
The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt,tweeted: “Julian Assange has hidden truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with the Foreign Office to ensure Assange faces justice.”
The home secretary, Sajid Javid, tweeted: “Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK.” He added: “No-one is above the law.
The Europe and Americas minister, Sir Alan Duncan, said: “Courts will decide what happens next.” He said the arrest followed “extensive dialogue” between the UK and Ecuador”.
The above news has been reported by The Guardian.