WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested by British Police

Julian Assange is the founder of the Wikileaks website that published US Government secrets

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police on Thursday after they were invited into the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.

Assange fled to the embassy in 2012, when he was facing charges of sexual assault in Sweden.

Footage shot by Ruptly, a video news agency, showed a frantic-looking Assange, with a large white beard, being carried down the embassy steps by several men into a police van.

But WikiLeaks says the thing Assange fears is being extradited to the United States to face charges over leaking of classified material, including footage of indiscriminate killing of civilians by USA troops who were occupying Iraq.

"Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law", Mr. Hunt said on Twitter.

He thanked the Ecuadorian president for co-operating with Britain "to ensure Assange faces justice".

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Wikileaks had previously claimed that Ecuador would be evicting Assange from its premises in London, exposing him to arrests upon ouster. Assange, who has lived in the embassy for more than six years, faces possible extradition to the US for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks. If convicted Assange could face up to five years in USA prison. "WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed that Ecuador had "'illegally" terminated Mr Assange's asylum.

WikiLeaks tweeted in response to Moreno statements, stating that the withdrawal of Assange's political asylum breaks worldwide law.

MPS said its officers arrested Assange on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on June 29 2012 for failing to surrender to the court.

"Wikileaks has uncovered an extensive spying operation against Julian Assange within the Ecuadorean embassy", Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief said, adding that Assange's "eviction" from the embassy could happen at any time. That probe was later dropped in 2017, but Assange fears he could be extradited to face charges in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.

In a brief video statement, Moreno described Assange's behaviour as "discourteous and aggressive", claiming the 47-year-old had made "hostile and threatening declarations" against his country.

Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said a tweet that his government withdrew Assange's status for repeated violations of worldwide conventions.

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