WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador withdraw asylum

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested after Ecuador withdrew asylum this morning.

It comes after WikiLeaks last week claimed Assange would be expelled within “hours to days” and Ecuador had an agreement with the UK for his arrest.

Assange, 47, had been holed up in the embassy in posh Knightsbridge since August 2017, initially to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual offences.

He fears he could be extradited to face charges in the US, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “Julian Assange, 47, 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.

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“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.”

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Last week it emerged Ecuador were planning to expel Assange and and an agreement was in place about his arrest.

It came after President Lenin Moreno accused WikiLeaks of intercepting his phone calls and private photos.

He claimed Assange had “repeatedly violated” the terms of his asylum, and following claims that the president’s personal communications had been hacked.

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