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posted by FatPhil on Thursday April 11 2019, @01:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the shoulda-taken-the-tea-chest-option-years-back dept.

Breaking: Met police confirm that Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.

The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court.

Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Mr Assange's asylum after his repeated violations to international conventions.

But WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange's political asylum "in violation of international law".

[...] Scotland Yard said it was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum.

After his arrest for failing to surrender to the court, police said he had been further arrested on behalf of US authorities under an extradition warrant.

He doesn't look happy, to say the least.

Update: As this is a breaking story, more information is coming out regularly - one source that updates their reports frequently is Zero Hedge - thanks boru!

Previously: New Analysis of Swedish Police Report Confirms Julian Assange's Version in Sweden's Case
Ecuador Reportedly Almost Ready to Hand Julian Assange Over to UK Authorities
UK Said Assange Would Not be Extradited If He Leaves Embassy Refuge
Inadvertent Court Filing Suggests that the U.S. DoJ is Preparing to Indict Julian Assange
U.S. Ramping Up Probe Against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Says
Ecuador Denies That Julian Assange Will be Evicted From Embassy in London

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @02:22PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @02:22PM (#827948)

    He has grown a strange beard.

    Damning indeed. And I'm sure it has nothing to do with a lookalike he prepared with a switcheroo in mind.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Thursday April 11 2019, @02:51PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 11 2019, @02:51PM (#827973) Homepage Journal

    Yeah, well, he sat on his ass far too long. I'd have gone for that switcheroo long ago. It would have been best to act while the Ecuadoreans were still friendly toward him. At that point in time, they probably wouldn't have helped any, but they wouldn't have raced each other to the phone, to notify the Brits.

    Through a Glass, Darkly -George Patton
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @04:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @04:27PM (#828091)

    Maybe Ted Cruz is his hero.