Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London

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Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested on the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Mr Assange took refuge within the embassy seven years in the past to keep away from extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.

The Met Police mentioned he was arrested for failing to give up to the courtroom.

Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno mentioned it withdrew Mr Assange’s asylum after his repeated violations of worldwide conventions.

However Wikileaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange’s political asylum “in violation of worldwide regulation”.

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Dwelling Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “I can affirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly going through justice within the UK.

Mr Assange, 47, had refused to go away the embassy, claiming if he did he could be extradited to the USA for questioning over the actions of Wikileaks.

Scotland Yard mentioned it was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian authorities’s withdrawal of asylum.

Mr Assange would stay in custody at a central London police station, earlier than showing at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom “as quickly as is feasible”, the assertion added.

UK overseas minister Sir Alan Duncan mentioned the arrest adopted “intensive dialogue between our two international locations”.

It comes a day after Wikileaks mentioned it had uncovered an in depth spying operation in opposition to its co-founder on the Ecuadorean embassy.

There was a long-running dispute between the Ecuadorean authorities and Mr Assange about what he was and was not allowed to do within the embassy.

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BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale mentioned that over time they’ve eliminated his entry to the web and accused him of participating in political actions – which isn’t allowed when claiming asylum.

He mentioned: “Exactly what has occurred within the embassy will not be clear – there was declare and counter declare.”

Mr Assange will initially face UK authorized proceedings however may very well be extradited to the US over the Wikileaks revelations, he added.

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