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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, @06:58PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @06:58PM (#828177)

    I think we're more likely to see the "Assange is a Russian agent!" narrative spin back up so that it's too inconvenient to pardon the guy. But it will be interesting to see what he does, anyway.

    In fairness to this, what percentage of Wikileaks things were uncomfortable and/or anti-US, what percentage were anti-western-countries, and what percentage were anti-Russia/anti-China? If there is a teacher in a class who always points out when Sam does something wrong but ignores all the other students, I'd suggest they were anti-Sam.

    Of course, it takes a step further to go from "unwitting convenient tool" to be an outright "agent," but then again, I've not heard any formal charges that accuse him of being such. Moreover, even if he was, I doubt that would be illegal in US law as he wasn't in the US when doing such activities. However, we'll see what develops in the coming months.