Julian Assange Arrested WikiLeaks Founder Ecuador Embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, has now been arrested. This confirmation came from the London Metropolitan police on the 11th of April, 2019.  He is currently in the custody of the police and has been held at a police station in central London.

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While he was being arrested, Julian Assange pleaded that “London must resist this attempt by the Trump administration.” Let us take a closer look at the arrest of Assange:

Why Was Julian Assange Arrested?

The primary reason behind Assange’s arrest was that while he was a fugitive from his home country of Sweden, he was officially granted asylum by Ecuador. This meant that he could live in an Ecuadorian embassy and be safe from the law of land.

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However, Assange was arrested once Ecuador revoked the asylum status they granted to him. The London Police added that Julian Assange was “further arrested” because the US authorities have an extradition warrant against the WikiLeaks founder.

Julian Assange Arrested: What Happens Next?

Following his arrest, the police will detain him till an extradition hearing takes place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Last year, Assange had appointed Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson to replace him as the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. His internet access was revoked in March 2018.

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WikiLeaks had learnt last year that Assange was about to be expelled from the Ecuador embassy in a matter of ‘hours to days’. Upon his arrest today, Julian Assange was seen with a copy of Gore Vidal’s History of the National Security State in his hand. Stay tuned to us for more details on this story as it breaks.

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