Breaking: Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested in London

Breaking: Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested in London

An Australian computer programmer and Wikileaks co-founder, Julian Assange, has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped, BBC reports.

Briefly.co.za gathers that the Metropolitan Police Service said the 47-year-old Wikileaks co-founder was arrested over his failure to surrender to court.

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According to President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador, Assange's asylum was withdrawn after the latter's repeated violations to international conventions.

Home secretary, Sajid Javid, said in a tweet:

"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."

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

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Briefly.co.za previously reported that the United States (US) justice department said it was planning to prosecute Julian Assange.

The Wikileaks boss has been in the custody of an Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, having fled Sweden following allegations bordering on sexual assault.

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Although the case was dropped in 2017, he still faces arrest for breaching bail conditions should he leave the embassy.

According to the then attorney general, Jeff Sessions in April 2017, the arrest of Assange would become a priority for the justice department.

The US intelligence agencies believe that Wikileaks connived with Russian hackers to release emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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