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Several media are reporting the arrest by London Police of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has lived since 2012 in, essentially, house arrest.
The UK newspaper, The Guardian, reports:
“Police have forcibly removed the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrested him, after the Ecuadorian government withdrew asylum.
“Assange, 47, was taken into police custody for failing to surrender to bail and on a US extradition warrant, after Metropolitan police officers were invited into the Knightsbridge embassy. He had taken refuge there for almost seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.
“He was being held on Thursday on a warrant issued by Westminster magistrates court on 29 June 2012, when he failed to surrender to the court.
“Appearing before Westminster magistrates Assange pleaded not guilty to a charge that he failed to surrender to custody as required for an extradition order to Sweden.”
The charges from Sweden were eventually dropped, but he still faces charges from the United States.
CNN captured video of Assange’s arrest and removal from the embassy:
Fox News provides additional information:
The Telegraph, also a UK publication, notes:
“The Wikileaks founder faces possible extradition to the US after being expelled from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he was hiding as a fugitive for seven years.
“The Metropolitan Police confirmed he was arrested in response to an extradition warrant by the US, as well as for skipping bail in the UK.
“The US department of justice confirmed he has been charged with computer crimes, and added in a statement that if convicted he will face up to five years in prison.
“The statement revealed criminal charges against Mr Assange linked to his role in the release of sensitive diplomatic cables in 2010.”