Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador withdraws political asylum

Julian Assange is the founder of the Wikileaks website that published US Government secrets

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's almost seven-year stay at Ecuador's embassy in London came to an abrupt end on Thursday when police entered the building and arrested him after Ecuador withdrew his asylum.

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed via Twitter that Assange was now in police custody.

WikiLeaks yesterday accused the Ecuadorian government of spying on Julian Assange as tensions mounted between the WikiLeaks founder and his hosts.

London police said on April 11 that Assange had been taken into custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court "as soon as is possible".

Sweden later dropped its investigation, but Assange remained at the embassy over fears Britain might extradite him to the United States in connection with WikiLeaks' publication of classified USA government documents.

The Met police later said that the arrest was made on behalf of US.

Although he stopped short of explicitly blaming Assange for the leak, the Government said it believed the photos were shared by WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks claimed on Twitter last week that high-level sources had said Assange would be kicked out of the embassy within "hours to days".

The US Department of Justice is expected to file an official request for Assange's extradition as part of their ongoing criminal case -for which Chelsea Manning was also arrested again this spring.

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The subsequent leaks, published on the WikiLeaks portal, exposed classified operations from USA military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said on Twitter: "In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols".

Mr. Assange has always insisted that the Swedish case was simply a cover for him to be handed over to USA justice officials.

Britain has guaranteed to Ecuador that Assange will not be extradited to a country that has the death penalty, Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday after Assange was arrested in London.

After losing an appeal, he took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in June 2012 to avoid being extradited.

Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno issued a video statement Thursday explaining his country's decision, saying it had "reached its limit" on his behavior.

"Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law".

"He's hidden from the truth for years and years and it's right that his future should be decided in the British judicial system", he said.

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