Wikileaks co-founder, Julian Assange arrested in London
London's Metropolitan Police arrested the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the British capital on Thursday. The Westminster Magistrates' Court has found the founder of popular media organisation guilty after facing US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets.
Assange was arrested after an exile of seven years. He had taken refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over an alleged sexual assault case that was later dropped. He has now been arrested in connection with the US extradition.
A video was released by Russian news agency Ruptly has shown police removing the 47-year-old Assange, from the embassy on Thursday in handcuffs. His hair appeared to have grown significantly longer and whiter since his last appearance, and he had a long grey beard.
Jen Robinson, a lawyer who has represented Assange took to the Twitter to confirm the arrest saying “Just confirmed: #Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request. @wikileaks @khrafnsson.”