BREAKING: British Police finally arrests WikiLeaks Co-Founder Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian Assange, computer programmer and founder of whistleblowing website Wikileaks, has been arrested by British Police.

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Julian Assange
Julian Assange

Julian Assange, computer programmer and founder of whistleblowing website Wikileaks, has been arrested by British Police.

He was arrested on Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

According to a statement issued by the Police, Assange was arrested “after his asylum was withdrawn”.

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Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador, said it withdrew Assange’s asylum after his repeated violations to international conventions.

But WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK.

“I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law.”

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Assange had refused to leave the embassy, claiming if he did he would be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.

Assange is set to remain in custody at a central London police station, before appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court “as soon as is possible”.

Alan Duncan, UK Foreign Minister, said the arrest followed “extensive dialogue between our two countries”.

It comes a day after Wikileaks said it had uncovered an extensive spying operation against its co-founder at the Ecuadorean embassy.

Assange, a 47-year old computer programmer, was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden.

At the time, Assange claimed that if he was extradited to Sweden he might be arrested by the US and face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s publication of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.

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