WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested At Ecuadorian Embassy In London
By CBS News // April 11, 2019
Assange hasn't left the embassy since August 2012
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(CBS NEWS) – London’s Metropolitan Police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the British capital on Thursday.
The arrest came after Ecuador dropped Assange’s asylum status, effectively evicting him from their embassy.
Assange hadn’t left the embassy since August 2012, fearing that if he stepped off Ecuador’s diplomatic soil he would be arrested and extradited to the U.S. for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.
The police said Assange was detained “on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.” They later confirmed he was also placed under arrest “on behalf” of U.S. law enforcement authorities, who had filed a formal extradition request.
The Department of Justice unveiled its long-secret indictment against Assange later on Thursday, which shows he’s facing at least one computer hacking charge.
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