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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @03:53PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @03:53PM (#828043)

    Why do you think the high and mighty of the world's most powerful "democracy" have been doing everything in their power to get rid of him for approximately 20 years?

    I like how this logic works - the high and mighty are unstoppable forces of evil and yet with all of their nefarious power they couldn't take out one guy. Dude, we got internet distributed malware on to air-gapped computers deep inside an iranian secret facility and used it to blow up their centrifuges. If the "high and mighty" wanted to "get rid" of assange they could have done it a long time ago.

    Don't fall for his hype. He had a good idea, but his own vindictive personality flaws are his biggest enemy. He's a gnat as far as the ruling elite are concerned.

  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Thursday April 11 2019, @04:00PM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) on Thursday April 11 2019, @04:00PM (#828055)

    I like how this logic works - the high and mighty are unstoppable forces of evil and yet with all of their nefarious power they couldn't take out one guy.

    I never said they were "unstoppable". Exposing them for the fools that they often are is part of stopping them.

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    The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @06:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @06:05PM (#828150)

      Oh please. If your only rebuttal is to quibble about a minor point of hyperbole you didn't have a defensible argument to begin with.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Bot on Thursday April 11 2019, @09:48PM

    by Bot (3902) on Thursday April 11 2019, @09:48PM (#828300) Journal

    Have you ever noticed how the evil ones want you to take responsibility for the bad situation you end up with? "you signed the contract" "you clicked on the EULA" "You didn't listen when we put a horse head in your bed", and so on?
    Have you also ever noticed that vengeance served cold is more powerful?

    I do not imply that this is what is happening to Assange, but you better acknowledge how evil works.

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    Account abandoned.