LONDON: Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service has arrested Julian Assange WikiLeaks Co-Founder in London on Thursday.
Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London seven years ago in 2012.
The British Police arrested him from the embassy after they had been invited by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorean government’s withdrawal of asylum.
Assange sought refuge in 2012 after facing sexual assault allegations in Sweden in 2012. He had denied the charges and the case had been dropped ever since.
Ingrid Isgren from Sweden’s prosecutors’ office has said in a statement
Sweden’s Prosecution Authority may re-open Assange sexual assault case again.
The Metropolitan Police have also tweeted Julian Assange has been arrested on behalf of the United States authorities.
Julian Assange has been further arrested in relation to an extradition warrant on behalf of the United States authorities. He remains in custody at a central London police station.
Ecuadorean president Lenin Moreno has said:
Ecuador is a generous country and a nation with open arms.
Ours is a Government respectful of the principles of international law, and of the institution of the right of asylum.
Granting or withdrawing asylum is a sovereign right of the Ecuadorian state, according to international law.
Today, I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially, the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.
Ecuador sovereignly has decided to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012.
For six years and ten months, the Ecuadorian people have protected the human rights of Mr. Assange and have provided for his everyday needs at the facilities of our Embassy in London.
Mr. Assange violated repeatedly, clear cut provisions of the convention on diplomatic asylum of Havana and Caracas.
He particularly violated the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states.
The most recent incident occurred in January 2019, when Wikileaks leaked Vatican documents. This has confirmed that Mr. Assange is still connected with Wikileaks.
The patience of Ecuador has reached its limits on the behavior of Mr. Assange.
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She has visited Julian Assange at the embassy several times while he was there during his asylum.
She has also tweeted for the donation to the Wikileaks official Defense Fund for support.
This man is a son, a father, a brother. He has won dozens of journalism awards. He’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010. Powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to dehumanise, delegitimize and imprison him.
Ecuador has illigally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago
Julian Assange did not “walk out of the embassy”. The Ecuadorian ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested.
Julian Assange will be taken to Westminster Magistrates court this afternoon. He has been arrested under a US extradition warrant for conspiracy with @xychelsea for publishing classified information revealing war crimes in 2010