Monday, 22 July, 2019

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested in London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on Feb. 5 2016 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on Feb. 5 2016
Deanna Wagner | 14 April, 2019, 01:54

Assange was arrested earlier Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and the USA has charged him with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon.

The arrest came after Ecuador dropped Assange's asylum status, effectively evicting him from their embassy.

Assange had taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 in order to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.

Australian national Mr Assange had been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years before he was arrested on Thursday.

London police say they've arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, it was reported on Thursday, April 11, 2019. As we have since the persecution of Assange and Wikileaks began, the ANSWER Coalition will be joining with other anti-war and pro-transparency activists across the country to mobilize and demand that the USA government end its campaign against this vital alternative media outlet.

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USA authorities charged Assange with conspiracy to hack classified U.S. government information, The Washington Post reported, and the charges remained under seal until after his arrest. But on Thursday, Ecuador revoked his political asylum, with President Lenín Moreno claiming that the country's patience had "reached its limit".

Holding signs with messages including "Free Assange - No U.S. extradition", they chanted: "Free the truth; Free Assange; Don't shoot the messenger".

"Today I announced that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organization against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of global treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable", Moreno said. "He will be getting the same treatment that any other Australian would get in circumstances", Morrison said.

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the arrest, confirming that Assange was "also arrested in relation to an extradition request from the USA authorities".