Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder and a very early bitcoin supporter, has just been arrested by London’s Met police.
Julian Assange did not “walk out of the embassy”. The Ecuadorian ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested.
Met said: “Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.
He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible.
The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”
There were suggestions in the past few days that his Asylum would be withdrawn following the publication of a number of documents. Ecuador denied such plans at the time:
In a statement, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister denies that it will expel Assange “imminently”. However does he does not deny a plot to expel and twice references @WikiLeaks reporting on the #INApapers offshore corruption scandal engulfing the president.
It is unclear now what British authorities plan to do in the midst of a Brexit political crisis that is consuming all attention.
Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President @Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with @foreignoffice to ensure Assange faces justice
The Foreign Secretary has taken a break from Brexit to state the above, with similar thanks for cooperation made by other politicians.
Julian Assange played a great part in the popular resistance against the Iraq War in 2010-11 which increased pressure to end the war. Now he potentially faces prison after Chelsea Manning was recently re-arrested for refusing to testify in a secret US inquiry into Assange.