Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
According to BBC news, Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over an alleged sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court.
Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Assange’s asylum after his repeated violations to international conventions.
But WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”.
Home Secretary of UK Sajid Javid tweeted saying that he would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation and no one is above the law.
Assange, had refused to leave the embassy, claiming if he did he would be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.
Scotland Yard had said that it was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum and that Assange would remain in custody at a central London police station, before appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court “as soon as is possible”, the statement added.
UK foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan said to BBC that the arrest followed “extensive dialogue between our two countries”.