WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has finally been arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday—that’s almost seven years after he took refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case.
According to a short note released by London’s Metropolitan Police Service, Assange has been arrested immediately after the Ecuadorian government today withdraws asylum.
Assange has now been taken into custody at a central London police station, from where he will be presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as possible.
— Barnaby Nerberka (@barnabynerberka) April 11, 2019
Assange was wanted by British police for failing to surrender to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in August 2012, while he was under investigation for sexual assault and rape allegations in Sweden.
Although Sweden dropped its preliminary investigation into the rape accusation against Julian Assange in 20117, Assange chose not to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy due to fears of extradition to the United States.
In the United States, Assange is facing federal charges for leaking diplomatic cables and military documents through his popular publication WikiLeaks in 2010 that embarrassed the U.S. governments across the world.
Although U.S. authorities have never officially confirmed the charges against Assange, late last year U.S. prosecutors accidentally revealed the existence of criminal charges against Assange in a document filed in an unrelated sex crime case.
The story is developing….