WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested in UK

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first_imgIn a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/pZsDsYNI0B— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019In a video posted to Twitter, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno distanced himself and his country from Assange, announcing that his “discourteous and aggressive behavior,” among other transgressions, “have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.”“Ecuador sovereignly has decided to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012,” Moreno continued, adding that Ecuador has “fulfilled its obligations in the framework of international law.”“The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behavior of Mr. Assange,” the president said.More on Geek.com:WikiLeaks Receives Nomination for Nobel Peace PrizeWikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Signs $1.3 Million Book DealJulian Assange to iPhone, BlackBerry Users: You’re Screwed Julian Assange to iPhone, Blackberry users: you’re screwedWikiLeaks receives nomination for Nobel Peace Prize Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum status.British police apprehended the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been claiming asylum since 2012.Hoisted out of the embassy by local authorities, a full-bearded Assange could be heard pleading that the “UK must resist … this attempt by the Trump administration.”He also appeared to be holding a copy of Gore Vidal’s “History of the National Security State”—a book about the establishment of the military-industrial-security complex and so-called “Imperial Presidency.” BREAKING: #Assange removed from embassy – video pic.twitter.com/qsHy7ZVPg5— Ruptly (@Ruptly) April 11, 2019The Metropolitan Police Service later confirmed Assange was “further arrested” on behalf of the US, under an extradition warrant.“He is accused in the United States of America of computer-related offences,” the Home Office said in a statement.The US indictment, unsealed Thursday morning, lists a single count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion,” and alleges that Assange worked with former U.S. Army soldier and whistleblower Chelsea Manning to obtain classified documents.An extradition hearing will take place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.Assange first made international headlines in April 2010, when WikiLeaks published confidential reports provided by Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley Manning), including Afghanistan and Iraq war logs.He was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault (which he denies). Assange has since been accused of aiding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Stay on targetlast_img

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