WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested on Thursday by the UK police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after a seven-year political asylum.
According to reports, Ecuadorian ambassador in London invited the police there to detain Assange.
Earlier, Ecuador’s president said: “Ecuador withdraws asylum to Julian Assange for repeatedly violating international conventions and protocol of coexistence.”
Wikileaks, on its part, accused on Twitter ‘powerful parts’ of dehumanising and imprisoning its founder.
This man is a son, a father, a brother. He has won dozens of journalism awards. He's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010. Powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to dehumanise, delegitimize and imprison him. #ProtectJulian pic.twitter.com/dVBf1EcMa5
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. No one is above the law.”
Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) April 11, 2019
Support to Assange from Worldwide
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized the arrest as “the hand of ‘democracy’ squeezing the throat of freedom”.
Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency, expressed his full support to Assange.
The Canadian-American actress and model Pamela Anderson slammed the incident, saying: “I am in shock..
I couldn’t hear clearly what he said?”
I am in shock..
I couldn’t hear clearly what he said?
He looks very bad.
How could you Equador ?
(Because he exposed you).
How could you UK. ?
Of course – you are America’s bitch and
you need a diversion from your idiotic Brexit bullshit.
— Pamela Anderson (@pamfoundation) April 11, 2019
The 47-year man spent almost seven years inside the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex harassment charges that has been dropped in May 2017. He uncovered a mass of sensitive information for the public, a matter which disturbed great powers globally like the United States and the UK.
Wikileaks reveals secret information, news leaks, and classified media provided by anonymous sources. Its website was initiated in 2006 in Iceland.