Julian Assange: U.S. politicians react to arrest of WikiLeaks founder

U.S. charges Julian Assange with helping Chelsea Manning hack classified information

Assange had taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 in order to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.

A senior Ecuadorian official says a Swedish software developer living in Quito and who is allegedly close to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested as authorities attempt to dismantle a blackmail ring that in recent days had threatened to retaliate against President Lenin Moreno.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said in a video that his government made a "sovereign decision" to revoke Assange's asylum due to "repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols".

Australian-born WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been arrested by United Kingdom police after spending years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, will receive no more support from Australian authorities than any other Australian national would in this situation, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday. He faces a USA charge of conspiring to reveal government secrets.

Sweden later dropped its investigation, but Assange remained at the embassy over fears Britain might extradite him to the United States in connection with WikiLeaks' publication of classified USA government documents.

The US Justice Department said Assange was being charged with a computer hacking conspiracy relating to his work with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in March 2010.

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According to the court, the United States has until 12 June to submit all the papers necessary for extradition. The U.S.is seeking Assange's extradition.

On May 2, he will appear in a London court via video regarding the extradition request.

Morrison confirmed Assange would receive "normal" consular assistance following a request put by his legal team to the Australian High Commission in London.

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

"When Australians travel overseas and they find themselves in difficulties with the law, well they face the judicial systems of those countries... He will be getting the same treatment that any other Australian would get in circumstances", Morrison said.

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