WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

The Met Police said Assange has been taken into custody at a central London police station, and that he would be presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as possible.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said that Assange's asylum was withdrawn following repeated violations of global conventions.

Assange had not come out of the embassy for nearly seven years because he feared arrest and extradition to the United States for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

"Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of global law", said WikiLeaks on Twitter.

The US Department of Justice has published an indictment for Assange [PDF] in which he's charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion in relation to the 2010 Chelsea Manning leaks, which were published by WikiLeaks. Police said the arrest was also related to Assange breaching British bail conditions.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London.

"When I became the President of Ecuador, I inherited this situation and made a decision to adopt a protocol to set the daily life rules at the Embassy, which is less than anyone may expect from a guest hosted at his own house".

Describing the arrest, WikiLeaks refuted claims that its founder had simply walked out of the embassy building, saying the Ecuadoran ambassador had instead "invited" British police inside, where he was "immediately arrested".

Smith told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti that he was also not surprised by the arrest, but was "certainly saddened" by what he called "a very bad day for us all". They also said they were arresting Assange for breaching United Kingdom bail conditions.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement that Assange was "no hero". He remained in the embassy due to concerns that if he left the United States may also seek to extradite him on espionage charges.

"Julian Assange did not "walk out of the embassy".

"Since (President Lenin) Moreno took power in Ecuador (in 2017), Julian Assange has been living in a Truman Show type situation" with constant surveillance, Hrafnsson claimed.

WikiLeaks had warned last week that a revocation of Assange's asylum could happen within "hours to days", citing sources in Ecuador.

The 47-year-old Assange and WikiLeaks have been implicated by USA intelligence services and special counsel Robert Mueller in a scheme to release emails hacked by Russian intelligence from the Democratic National Committee.

  • Marlene Weaver