Apr 11, 2019
By Jane Brown
Police in London say they’ve arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012.
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno says his government withdrew asylum status, citing what he called “repeated violations of international conventions and daily-life protocols.”
In a statement, police say Assange 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.”
Assange has not left the embassy since August 2012 for fear that if he steps off Ecuador’s diplomatic soil he will be arrested and extradited to the U.S. for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked Moreno for breaking the impasse, saying on Twitter that Assange “is no hero and no one is above the law.”