Julian Assange Has Been Arrested

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and lawyer Jennifer Robinson addressing the media in London

The Ecuadorian ambassador "invited British police into the embassy", where they arrested him, Wikileaks tweeted.

London police say they've arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, it was reported on Thursday.

Sweden has dropped an investigation into rape allegations against Assange, but he refuses to come out for fear of facing USA charges related to WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents.

That probe was later dropped, but Assange fears he could be extradited to face charges in the USA, where prosecutors are investigating mass disclosures of classified information through WikiLeaks.

Finding him guilty of that charge, District Judge Michael Snow said the 47-year-old's behaviour was that of "a narcissist who can not get beyond his own selfish interest".

As the leak was being investigated, Swedish authorities launched an inquiry relating to allegations of sexual assault against Julian Assange.

Assange strongly denied the charges and Sweden has since withdrawn its arrest warrant.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy to address waiting supporters and media, in London, Feb. 5, 2016. "Thank you Ecuador and President @Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with @foreignoffice to ensure Assange faces justice". A secret grand jury has been convened to prepare an indictment against Assange and key Trump officials have said that prosecuting Assange is a priority.

Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson said he "has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a United States extradition request".

"Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law".

"Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community", a Wikileaks statement said at the time. He feared that Sweden would extradite him to the US, which is investigating him and WikiLeaks over the publishing of secret USA documents.

The group's editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, told a news conference that Assange's meetings with lawyers and a doctor had been secretly filmed by Ecuadorian authorities. WikiLeaks claims Moreno's actions were "in violation of global law".

The London Metropolitan Police's arrest comes after Ecuador revoked his asylum.

Mr Assange's exit from the embassy ends a almost seven-year standoff between the controversial transparency advocate and British authorities.



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