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WikiLeaks Founder Assange Arrested in London – UPDATE

UPDATE: The US is seeking extradition for Assange after his arrest Thursday to face federal charges in Virginia federal court. British police arrested at the request of the United States on an extradition warrant.

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, was arrested today in London after being expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has spent the last 7 years. Assange took asylum at the embassy in London in 2012 to escape sexual assault charges. He was also for skipping bail in England, and taken into custody on the bail warrant.

Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, took to Twitter to explain the actions of his government. “In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”

WikiLeaks and Assange became a household name after publishing US classified documents leaked by Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst. Assange also stands accused of publishing more than 19,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the DNC. Ecuador removed his internet access after this series of leaks occurred. 

The Wikileaks organization also tweeted regarding the arrest. “This man is a son, a father, a brother. He has won dozens of journalism awards. He’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010. Powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to dehumanize, delegitimize and imprison him.”

Apparently, Assange did not follow new house rules set for him at the embassy last October. Assange blocked security cameras, mistreated embassy personnel, and accessed embassy files. The British government has assured Moreno they will not extradite to any country with has the death penalty. The US Justice Department filed charges against Assange in November for publishing classified documents.

Sarah Morton

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