UK police have said that WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested.
He was seen being dragged out of the Ecuadorean Embassy by half a dozen men, protesting this morning.
He has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London for the previous seven years since he took refuge their from extradition for what he said were false rape allegations in Sweden.
His legal team have claimed that there is no assurance that he will not be extradited to the US to face charges over WIkiLeaks’ classified information leaks.
The Met police have said that he will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court as soon as possible.
Last week Wikileaks tweeted that Assange, 47, was to be turfed out by the Ecuadoreans to face arrest.
Today they have tweeted:
“URGENT: Ecuador has illigally (sic) terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago.”
“Julian Assange did not “walk out of the embassy”. The Ecuadorian ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested.”
Camera crews, photographers and reporters have lined the street opposite the embassy since last week.
While the world’s press has gathered outside the five-storey Kensington red brick embassy to catch a glimpse of the Wikileaks founder, no other information has been forthcoming about his eviction.
While on bail he took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in August 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape, which he has denied.
Sweden has since dropped its investigation of Assange, but Britain has said that if he left the embassy he would be arrested for violating his bail terms.
Just days ago Ecuador’s president was reported as saying Assange had repeatedly violated the terms of the deal he had struck up with the embassy.
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