Arrested in London after Ecuadorean embassy eviction
According to a report from the New York Times creator of whistleblower site Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested following an eviction from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he had been living since 2012.
Assange, 47, was taken into custody on warrant issued by the Westminister Magistrates court in 2012 for “failing to surrender to court.” Having sought out refuge at the embassy fleeing allegations of sexual assault in Sweden, his presence in the embassy has cause friction between Ecuadorean relations with foreign powers such as London, the United States, and others.
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against Assange for his alleged involvement in the release of classified documents as well as a charge in Britian for jumping bail. Mr. Assange is also suspected of playing a role in Russian interference into the presidential campaign in 2016 releasing stolen documents of the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party. The DOJ has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking campaign and party computers with the indictment concluding that at least one of them had been in contact with Wikileaks.
Assange has since denied these claims of colluding with Russian intelligence but was clear of his intent to damage Hillary Clinton.
During the 2016 campaign, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails stolen from the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, leading to a series of revelations that embarrassed the party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.The New York Times
Wikileaks gained notoriety for allowing people to release sensitive information anonymously in 2010 revolving around the wars in Afghanistan and Iran as well as other confidential communications between ranking diplomats.
Officials at Wikileaks are questioning the legality of his eviction and subsequent arrest claiming the embassy has violated their terms of asylum.
The site’s Twitter account goes on to say that Assange did not walk out but was carried out by British authorities after being invited in by officials at the embassy.
Ecuadorean President released a video shortly after the arrest stating that “the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Julian Assange has led to a situation where asylum is unsustainable and no longer viable.”
Assange, who was granted citizenship to Ecuador in December 2017 was suing the government for what he claims to be violations of his rights after his internet access was revoked saying he violated an agreement to stop commenting on, or trying to influence, the politics of other countries. The government also placed a restriction on vistors, ordered him to clean his own bathroom, and take care of his cat.
This is a developing story, we’ll have more information as it is released to the public.