Julian Assange of WikiLeaks finally arrested and faces extradition to the US

April 11, 2019
| Report Focus News

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday.

The Ecuadorean Embassy revoked his asylum allowing the London Metropolitan Police to effect an arrest.

Assange had spent the last seven years holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy after seeking asylum at the embassy.

However, Julian Assange was today (Thursday) dragged to court after he was dramatically pulled out of the Ecuadorean Embassy. He has been found guilty of breaching bail in 2012.

Judge Michael Snow said he will be sentenced next month at Southwark Crown Court. He said Assange had shown the “behaviour of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interest”.

The United States has requested the extradition of Assange and charged him with involvement in computer hacking with Chelsea Manning. The Metropolitan police said the arrest was made on behalf of the US authorities.

Meanwhile, Theresa May welcomed Assange’s arrest saying it showed “no one is above the law.” She told Members of the British Parliament in her address to the House of Commons that Assange was arrested for breach of bail after nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy and in relation to an extradition request from the United States’ authorities.

The Americans have wanted Assange for a long time. The US justice department said Assange faces up to five years in jail if convicted. It said extradition request is being handled by its office of international affairs.