WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was arrested in London on Thursday morning, after Ecuadorian diplomatic officials invited British police into the country’s embassy to apprehend the Australian.
Assange had been living in the embassy of Ecuador in London under diplomatic asylum since 2012, and was granted citizenship by Ecuador in 2017, Breitbart reports.
Moments before the stunning arrest, Ecuador announced it had withdrawn Assange’s asylum for “repeatedly violating international conventions and protocol.”
“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. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable,” Moreno
London’s Metropolitan Police vowed earlier this month to arrest the 47-year-old Australian native if he left the embassy. Assange faces possible extradition to the U.S. for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.
— Barnaby Nerberka (@barnabynerberka) April 11, 2019
Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, who originally granted Assange asylum nearly seven years ago, condemned his predecessor Lenin Moreno as a “traitor” for the expulsion of the WikiLeaks publisher.”
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