BREAKING: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested by police in London

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WIKILEAKS: Julian Assange, 47, has today, arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police. File image. Photo credit: Shutterstock


METROPOLITAN POLICE officers have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this morning.

The news was confirmed in a Tweet by the force and comes the day after WikiLeaks said material including video, audio, copies of private legal documents and a medical report had turned up in Spain, where a group was said to have threatened to start publishing unless they were paid €3m (£2.6m).

Today’s arrest comes seven years after Assange sought asylum at the embassy following a British court ruling he should be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

Sweden dropped the charges in 2017 but Assange remained at the embassy as he feared being extradited to the US to face charges over the WikiLeaks website’s release of sensitive government files.

In a statement the Met Police said: “Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.

“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.

“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.

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  1. I sincerely urge the UK Home Secretary to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden but not to the USA. Here’s why. Two Swedish women accused him of rape and other sexual offences following a Wikileaks conference in Stockholm in 2010. The accusations lapsed by time limit while he was hiding from justice in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. One of the women is seeking to reopen her case against him. She should have priority over the USA’s entirely politically motivated extradition request.
    Why do I say it is politically motivated? Because the US authorities are hopping mad that Wikileaks revealed some of the terrible atrocities committed by US military personnel in Iraq. I have seen the appalling helicopter cockpit video showing US airmen slaughtering innocent civilians who were only trying to get medical treatment for a badly injured civilian. I have read the truth about the attempted US cover up of this and other war crimes committed by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. If Wikileaks had not existed, we would know nothing.
    We need the likes of Wikileaks to hold renegade governments to account. Donald Trump is now saying he knows nothing about Wikileaks. He says it’s not his thing. Well, he would, wouldn’t he? The BBC website has footage of numerous Trump rallies where he praised Wikileaks time and time again when he was running for president. It suited him then. It doesn’t suit him now, surprise, surprise. Justice should prevail. Genuine Swedish justice that is, not the Trumped up charges (pardon the pun) coming out of the corrupt Trump White House.

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