Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London yesterday, BBC News reported.
Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since
The London Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court.
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said Ecuador withdrew Mr Assange’s asylum after his repeated violations of international conventions.
But Wikileaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”.
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that Julian Assange is now in police custody and ‘rightly facing justice in the UK’.
Mr Assange, 47, had been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, after seeking asylum there to avoid extradition to Sweden on a rape allegation – which he denied and was later dropped. The Ecuadorean president said the country had “reached its limit on the behaviour of Mr Assange” after he intervened in the internal affairs of other states.
Mr Moreno said: “The most recent incident occurred in January 2019, when WikiLeaks leaked Vatican documents. Meanwhile, US fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned the arrest of Julian Assange is a ‘dark moment for press freedom’, the Daily Mail said yesterday.
WikiLeaks founder Assange was arrested by the police in London yesterday after Ecuador ‘dramatically’ withdrew his political asylum seven years after he first entered the embassy.
Soon after his arrest, Snowden tweeted: ‘Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of-like it or not-award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books.
‘Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.’
Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia having fled the US after leaking a huge cache of declassified documents back in 2013.
- Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden
- Wikileaks said Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange’s political asylum