LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the British police on Thursday after being invited to the Ecuadorian embassy, where he was hid from 2012.
Balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London, UK, May 1
"47-year-old Julian Assange, today, April 11, was arrested by police officers at the Embassy of Ecuador," the police said.
Police said she had arrested Assange after "having embarked upon an ambassador after the government took Ecuador asylum". Interrogate him as part of an investigation into sexual violence. Later, this probe was filmed, but Assange is afraid that he can be extradited in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.
Assange was taken into custody at the central London police station, and he will be brought before the Westminster Magistrate's court, reported to the police. Assange's relationship with the hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about President Lenin Moreno's personal life. Moreno had previously said that Assange had violated his asylum conditions.
Moreno said that he asked Britain to ensure that Assange would not be issued to a country where he could be tortured or executed.
"The British government confirmed it in writing, according to its rules," Moreno said.
WikiLeaks said Ecuador illegally terminated Asanzha's political asylum in violation of international law.
By some, Assange is a hero who denies that supporters are abandoning power abuses by modern states and advocating freedom of speech. But for others, he is a dangerous rebel that has undermined the security of the United States.
Writing Guy Folconbridge and Kate Holton