Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

The United States is now requesting the United Kingdom to extradite Julain Assange.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, 47, has been arrested by Met Police from the embassy of Ecuador in London after seven years of refuge over a now dropped case of sexual assault.

The arrest took place after Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno withdrew Assange’s asylum for “repeatedly violating international conventions.”

Previously, Assange had refused to leave the embassy fearing extradition to the United States concerning WikiLeaks related activities.

Wikileaks, on the other hand, has criticized the decision and tweeted that Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange’s political asylum in violation of international.

It is noteworthy that Assange was arrested inside the Ecuadorian embassy after allowing Scotland Yard to enter premises.

The NSA whistleblower criticized Assange’s arrest and referred to the United nation’s ruling calling his detention to be “a violation of human rights.”

Wikileaks which was launched in 2006 has since published a trove of highly sensitive documents it acquired from different sources. Some of these documents include Stratfor email leakGuantanamo Bay files leakGlobal Intelligence Files leakSyria Files and Vault 7 exposing CIA’s surveillance and hacking tools against its allies.

Update: 13:45 Thursday, 11 April 2019

In a recent development, authorities in the United States have requested the UK to extradite Assange. The UK Home Office has also confirmed the request in its statement and stated that the US had accused him of “of computer-related offenses.”

In a comment, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has warned the attempt to prosecute Julian Assange in connection with publishing “would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations” and “set an especially dangerous precedent.”

Assange Indictment

Here is how Twitter reacted to Assange’s arrest:

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