/WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested

Updated

April 11, 2019 19:57:19

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The Australian, who has lived in the Andean nation’s embassy for nearly seven years, was arrested for “failing to surrender to the court” in 2012, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said.

“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,” it said in a statement.

“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.”

On Twitter, WikiLeaks said Assange “did not walk out of the embassy”.

“The Ecuadorian ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested,” it said.

More to come.

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First posted

April 11, 2019 19:42:47