Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday morning, arresting Julian Assange and bringing the Wikileaks founder’s seven-year stint there to a dramatic close. Metropolitan Police said in a statement that he was “further arrested” on his arrival at a London police station on behalf of United States authorities, who have issued an extradition warrant. Officers made the move after Ecuador withdrew Assange’s asylum and invited authorities into the embassy, citing the Australian’s bad behavior. He will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London as soon as is possible, police added.
Ecuador announced that the citizenship has been granted to Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, who has been living in the country’s London embassy, since 2012, after seeking political asylum. The decision came hours after Britain rejected Ecuador’s request to grant Assange diplomatic immunity, saying he must ‘leave the embassy to face justice.’
The Ecuadorian government announced Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been cut off from the internet at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, his refuge for almost 6 years. Ecuador suspended internet access after Assange violated an agreement to refrain from using his communications to interfere with other states’ affairs. WikiLeaks denied Assange agreed to such a deal.
After lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argued that an arrest warrant issued in 2012 had ‘lost its purpose,’ a court ruled the warrant is still valid. Assange’s lawyers argued the case from another angle, which the court will examine on February 13th. Assange has been staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for five years evading an arrest.
WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange’s, 7 year battle against a rape allegation has been dropped by Swedish prosecutors. Sweden’s director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, said they “decided to discontinue the investigation” into a rape claim against Assange. Assange currently is under diplomatic protection but if he walks out, he still faces arrest and is in danger from being extradited to the United States to face charges of disclosing confidential military and diplomatic documents.
Last year the murder of an employee of the Democratic National Committee sparked conspiracy theories after the WikiLeaks founder vaguely hinted that he had shared information with WikiLeaks before being shot in the back by an unknown assailant. The conspiracy theories have arisen after a private investigator and Fox News contributor recently found “tangible evidence” that, Seth Rich, the victim, had contacted WikiLeaks before his murder. It seems that this story has caused more controversy than credibility as the assailant of the crime is still unidentified.
In the last month of Obama’s term in office, he commuted whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who he thought 7 years in prison for her crimes were enough. The transgendered ex-army Private who was formerly Bradley Manning walked out of prison on Wednesday morning after serving an abbreviated sentence in connection with one of the most notorious leaks of classified documents in U.S. history. Over $150,000 was raised online for her for when she was released so she could survive life outside of prison, and said she is now “looking forward to freedom.”