Wikileaks Co-founder Julian Assange Arrested After Spending 7 Years In Ecuador's Embassy In London

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London at the Ecuadorian embassy after taking political asylum for 7 years.  

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

Update at 5:25 PM: Jullian Assange will be handed over to the United States and the London Police has confirmed to the Court that he was arrested on behalf of the United States authorities. 

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after living under political asylum for 7 years warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.

Assange was arrested by the British police inside the embassy on Thursday, however, the WikiLeaks handle also claimed that Assange 'did not walk out of the embassy', but the British police were called inside the embassy, that led to his arrest. 

The official handle of WikiLeaks on Twitter claimed that Ecuador illegally terminated Assange's political asylum for violating 'international law'

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks tweeted that the Ecuadorian government engaged in a 'massive espionage operation' against the whistleblower in which they alleged that he was being spied on his 'legal and medical visits', stole his legal notes amid a court hearing against him, cooperated in secrecy with US prosecutors and even tied to extort him for '3 million euros'

The relationship between the WikiLeaks co-founder and the Ecuadorian embassy got bitter over years and in March his internet was cut off and they forbade Assange from having visitors. 

In a statement, the Ecuadorian government claimed that his 'behaviour on social media put at risk the good relations Ecuador maintains with the United Kingdom and other countries of the European Union'

He proposed that there were "facts of espionage" at the embassy. Assange expressed his distress at the hearing in Quito on December 12, that the Ecuadorean intelligence is divulging information to the FBI. He further claimed that the intelligence of Ecuador has generously invested finances inside the embassy for surveillance. 

Assange released thousands of classified documents of the US's invasion and the war in Iraq. The 'intimate details' as Assange stated, were released to divulge the truth behind the war. 

The "war logs" held shreds of evidence detailing the deaths of Iraqi civilians at the hands of the US forces. The US and UK condemned the leak, and Pentagon categorically dismissed the documents, called it a ''tragedy' that benefit the enemies. 

WikiLeaks worries that Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States if he left the Embassy, as a document filed by the US authorities, mistakenly hinted that a secret criminal case might be prepared against Assange. 

WikiLeaks co-founder is also under probe by the Robert Mueller report for hacking and leaking the emails from the 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party. Assange is likely to be charged with the US Espionage Act.  

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