Julian Assange arrested

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew diplomatic asylum. He has been there for around seven years.

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Statement from the Met Police: “Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.

“He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible.

“The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

WikiLeaks have said: “Julian Assange did not ‘walk out of the embassy’. The Ecuadorian Ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested.”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said: “Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with Foreign Office to ensure Assange faces justice.”