Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after President Lenin Moreno said in a video that he revoked Assange’s asylum because of his “discourteous and aggressive behavior”.
The Met Police said the Australian was arrested for failing to surrender to the court. Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Assange’s asylum after his repeated violations to international conventions.
The president said it was Ecuador’s sovereign right to terminate the diplomatic asylum and that “Ecuador has fulfilled its obligations in the framework of international law.”
Moreno sad, “He particularly violated the norm of not interfering in the internal affairs of other states,”. Assange had been accused by Ecuador of endangering its standing on the international stage by continuing to participate in releasing leaks on WikiLeaks from the embassy. “The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit,”
Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago after breaching bail in the U.K. during an investigation into sexual assault allegations in Sweden.
The United States Justice Department has filed criminal charges against Mr. Assange, related to the publication a cache of leaks from the U.S. military provided by Chelsea Manning, in videos showing U.S. troops killing civilians.