Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London
After spending almost seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested by UK law enforcement on Thursday after Ecuador terminated Assange’s political asylum, upon which the ambassador invited the London police into the embassy. Assange had been granted granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012, which allowed him to stay in the embassy and avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case.
According to Ecuadorean president Lenin Moreno, the WikiLeaks leak of Vatican documents in 2019 together with other recent publications “have confirmed the world’s suspicion that Mr Assange is still linked to WikiLeaks and therefore involved in interfering in internal affairs of other states.” As a result, Ecuador “reached its limit on the behaviour of Mr Assange.”
The official reasons for Assange’s arrest were his failure to surrender to the UK court and an extradition request by the United States. The London police said that Assange was brought to a central London police station where he will remain in custody until he appears as at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, which should happen “as soon as is possible”.