WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, has been arrested in London after the Ecuadorian Ambassador invited police into the embassy where Assange has been hold up for the past seven years.
According to a statement released from the UK’s Home Office, a spokesperson confirmed, “We can confirm that Julian Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America. He is accused in the United States of America of computer related offences.”
Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Harrod’s department store in Knightsbridge, for the past seven years. He was initially granted asylum from Ecuador after facing extradition charges from Sweden over rape allegations. Sweden since dropped those charges, however, Assange remained at the embassy fearing extradition to the United States due to his work with WikiLeaks.
The Ecuadorian Ambassador confirmed Assange’s Ecuadorian citizenship has been suspended.
Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, revealed via a video statement his country had withdrawn Assange’s asylum due to the Australian’s “discourteous and aggressive behavior,” “the hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organization against Ecuador” and “the transgression of international treaties.”
In a statement to Sky News, Sir Alan Duncan – the British Foreign Office’s Minister of State for Europe and the Americas – confirmed the UK does not extradite people to countries where they may face the death penalty.
“It is absolutely right that Assange will face justice in the proper way in the UK. It is for the courts to decide what happens next,” Sir Duncan said in a statement. “We are very grateful to the Government of Ecuador under President Moreno for the action they have taken. Today’s events follow extensive dialogue between our two countries.”