Julian Assange Arrested In London


Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations that have since been dropped.

Assange's seven-year hideout in Ecuador's London embassy ended dramatically yesterday when police dragged the WikiLeaks founder out of the building into a waiting van.

The U.S. Justice Department released documents saying Assange had been charged with "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion", and were requesting his extradition to the country.

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the arrest, confirming that Assange was "also arrested in relation to an extradition request from the US authorities".

The police said they were invited into the embassy by Ecuador's ambassador after the Ecuadorian government withdrew Assange's asylum. Ecuador agreed that his potential extradition to the USA may violate his human rights.

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An individual alleged to have links to Julian Assange has been arrested while trying to leave Ecuador, officials in the country said.

Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, tweeted that her client "has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a United States extradition request". After several hearings and appeals, a British court ordered his extradition to Sweden in 2012, but Mr. Assange failed to hand himself over and, instead, sought asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy. Mr. Assange was arrested in London and granted bail. He faces a US charge of conspiring to reveal government secrets. "He will be getting the same treatment that any other Australian would get in those circumstances", Morrison said. Assange feared that travelling to Sweden in relation to the rape allegation would enable the United States to extradite him.

"He won't be getting special treatment from Australia".

Assange, with grey hair tied into a pony tail and sporting a long beard, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court where a judge accused him of behaving like a "narcissist" and advised him to "get over to the US" and "get on with your life". "He was detained this afternoon", she told Sonorama radio station.