WIKILEAKS CO-FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED IN LONDON

WIKILEAKS CO-FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED IN LONDON

Julian Assange, the controversial co-founder of Wikileaks, was arrested Thursday in London on charges of breaching bail conditions in a Swedish rape case that’s no longer under investigation. The WikiLeaks founder has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in the United Kingdom since 2012.

The 47-year-old computer programmer was arrested after his diplomatic immunity had been terminated at the embassy, where he had been holed up in residence for nearly seven years amid growing upset from Ecuadorian and British leaders. The development also potentially exposes him to extradition to the U.S.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno explained in a video why Ecuador decided to terminate Assange’s diplomatic asylum. “Today, I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially, the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Aassange is unsustainable and no longer viable,” he said.

Moreno traveled to London in July of last year to finalize an agreement to lift Assange’s asylum protection with the U.K. government, according to a report by the Intercept, citing a source within Ecuador’s foreign ministry.

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