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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: 3, Insightful) by J053 on Thursday April 11 2019, @10:21PM (3 children)

    by J053 (3532) <{dakine} {at} {}> on Thursday April 11 2019, @10:21PM (#828322) Homepage
    OK, that's your guess - here's mine: Assange will be tried in open court in the US based on evidence (testimony) provided by Chelsea Manning that Assange offered to help crack a password to a secured computer, and he'll get 3-to-5.

    $20 on it?
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  • (Score: 2) by legont on Friday April 12 2019, @03:07AM (2 children)

    by legont (4179) on Friday April 12 2019, @03:07AM (#828449)

    Will he admit that Hilary leaks were provided by Putin?

    "Wealth is the relentless enemy of understanding" - John Kenneth Galbraith.
    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 12 2019, @05:05AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 12 2019, @05:05AM (#828485)

      Will he admit that Hilary leaks were provided by Putin?

      Yes, he will leave a suicide note containing a full admission of it before shooting himself twice in the back of the head.

    • (Score: 2) by J053 on Friday April 12 2019, @11:01PM

      by J053 (3532) <{dakine} {at} {}> on Friday April 12 2019, @11:01PM (#828782) Homepage

      He won't even be asked about that in court. It's not relevant to the indictment.

      Look, if Assange had any blockbuster news about HRC or BHO, he's had years to tell it. The US only waited until he was no longer in the Ecuadorian embassy to charge him with the CFAA violation because there was no point in charging him while he was there.