Police arrest Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy in London (Ecuadorian…
Police arrest Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy in London
forcibly removing the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a US extradition warrant and put a term to his seven-year at dramatic close.
Assange, who is from Australia, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London on Thursday, where he was charged with failing to surrender in 2012.
One of his lawyers argued that he declined to do so for fear that he would not receive a fair trial, forcing him to seek asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy.
The US Department of Justice confirmed Assange had been indicted on a single charge of conspiring to steal military secrets with Chelsea Manning
The former Army intelligence analyst who supplied thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks
He has not been indicted under the Espionage Act, as his supporters had feared.
Such a move would likely have provoked protests from free-speech advocates.
He stayed at the embassy, since 2012, when he was granted asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was facing allegations of sexual assault.
The Swedish case has since been dropped
Assange expulsion from Ecuador embassy would be 'illegal,' his legal team says.
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said that his country withdrew Assange's asylum due to his :
Discourteous and aggressive behaviour
The hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organization against Ecuador
The transgression of international treaties
Ecuador's former President, Rafael Correa, told CNN that the revocation of Julian Assange's asylum is "incredible."
He said that It's against international law, against the institution of asylum, against the Ecuadorian constitution
Especially because since last year, Julian Assange has had Ecuadorian citizenship,".
Correa was in power when Assange requested asylum
He agreed to shelter the WikiLeaks founder but because "it was very clear that he didn't have the opportunity to have a fair process in the US."
Responding to Assange's supposed violations, as outlined by Moreno, Correa said: "They are lies. They're a justification for trying to justify this betrayal.
President Donald Trump, when asked by reporters, said that he knows "nothing about Wikileaks"
Trump had a history of supporting WikiLeaks before he was President, saying at one campaign rally in 2016