Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum

Ecuador's Embassy in London where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lived until his arrest on Thursday. Photo: Alastair Grant/AP

JULIAN ASSANGE, the Wikileaks founder, was arrested on Thursday by London’s Metropolitan Police service, which said in a statement officers were “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

Video of Assange being dragged from the embassy was captured on a live stream set up by Ruptly, a Russian government news agency.

Wikileaks confirmed that Assange was arrested inside the embassy.

Assange, 47, will be held at a central London police station until an appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court can be arranged, the police said. The force explained that it was acting on a warrant issued by that court after Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012, violating bail conditions by not returning to court for a hearing on his attempt to resist extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning on sexual assault allegations.

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