Wikileaks Founder Assange Arrested, Removed from Embassy

Was revealed in November that Assange had been secretly indicted by the US Justice Department…

U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange

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(DailyMail.com) Julian Assange has been arrested by British police today following an extradition request by the US after Ecuador dramatically withdrew his political asylum seven years after he was given refuge in the country’s London embassy.

The Wikileaks founder, sporting a scruffy beard and unkempt hair, was dragged out of the building head-first in handcuffs by a group of seven men as stunned supporters watched on as he screamed out ‘the UK must resist’.

Shortly, British authorities confirmed that the whistleblower was being held on behalf of the US authorities, as well as for breaching bail conditions following allegations of rape in Sweden.

Assange, 47, has always feared extradition to the US, where his lawyers have claimed he could face the death penalty for the mass leaking of highly-classified documents through WikiLeaks.

It was accidentally revealed in November that Assange had been secretly indicted by the US Justice Department, but the exact nature of the charges against the 47-year-old was not disclosed.

Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno said the decision to withdraw Assange’s asylum status followed his ‘discourteous and aggressive behaviour’ in continuing to work with WikiLeaks while housed at the embassy.

He went on to accuse Assange of violating the terms of his asylum by ‘interfering in internal affairs of other states’ as well as ‘blocking security cameras’ at the embassy and ‘confronting and mistreating guards’…Original Source