Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian embassy in London

Caroline Davies, David Grouch, Kate Lyon and Damien Gayle – The Guardian April 11, 2019

Police have forcibly removed the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrested him, after the Ecuadorian government withdrew asylum.

Assange, 47, was taken into police custody for failing to surrender to bail and on a US extradition warrant, after Metropolitan police officers were invited into the Knightsbridge embassy. He had taken refuge there for almost seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.

He was being held on Thursday on a warrant issued by Westminster magistrates court on 29 June 2012, when he failed to surrender to the court.

Footage showed Assange, heavily bearded, shouting and gesticulating and being carried out in handcuffs by plainclothes officers and put in a police van shortly after 10am.

Assange had refused to leave the embassy, claiming he would be extradited to the US for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.

Scotland Yard said: “He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster magistrates court as soon as is possible.

“The MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] has a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster magistrates court, and was invited into the embassy by the ambassador following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

Speaking to parliament, Theresa May thanked the Met and the Ecuadorian government and said: “this goes to show that in the United Kingdom no one is above the law”.

The Home Office confirmed the US request for Assange’s extradition was for an alleged “computer-related offence”. A Home Office spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Julian Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America. He is accused in the United States of America computer-related offences.”

Sweden’s chief prosecutor, Ingrid Isgren, said in a statement the arrest was “news to us” and they were following developments. A preliminary investigation can be resumed as long as the suspected crime is not subject to the statute of limitation, she added. In this case, the suspected crime would be subject to statue of limitations in mid-August 2020.

The president of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, said on Twitter: “In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”

WikiLeaks said the Ecuadorian government had acted illegally in terminating Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”.

Outside the Ecuadorian embassy a group of reporters were interviewing an Assange supporter wearing a placard reading “free Julian Assange” around his neck.

Kyle Farren, 22, from Knightsbridge, said: “I think I might have arrived just as he was taken. He was taken at around 10.30.

“When I arrived there was three vans all parked out here and there was a semi-circle of police around the entrance, and a policewoman asked me to move on.”

A police van filled with officers that was outside the door of the embassy left soon after the Guardian arrived. Across the road several dozen broadcast news journalists set up their cameras and lights. But only a single Assange supporter, Farren, remained outside, manning a shrine to the publisher and taking interviews with reporters from around the world.

An arrest warrant was issued for Assange in 2010 for two separate allegations – one of rape and one of molestation – after he visited Sweden for a speaking trip. He launched a legal battle against extradition to Sweden but when that failed entered the embassy in Hans Crescent and requested political asylum.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, a lawyer for one of the two women who accused Assange, welcomed the arrest. “My client and I have just received the news that Assange has been arrested. That what we have been waiting and hoping for for almost seven years has now happened is clearly a shock to my client. We will do everything we can to ensure that the prosectors resume the Swedish preliminary investigation so that Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted for rape.”

Assange’s arrest comes one day after WikiLeaks accused the Ecuadorian government of an “extensive spying operation” against him, during which they claimed meetings with lawyers and a doctor inside the embassy over the past year were secretly filmed.

The arrest was welcomed by the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who tweeted: “Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President Lenín Moreno for your cooperation with the Foreign Office to ensure Assange faces justice.”


7 responses to “Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian embassy in London”

  1. From where I’m sitting, it looks to me like the only people who are celebrating the arrest of Julian Assange, are people who might well be considered to have something to hide. Anything to say Mr. Hunt?

  2. The seat of world terrorism is israel
    they commit daily genocide
    world wide banking swindles
    land theft and kill on a whim
    name me once when assange has named israels crimes
    i cant think of one

  3. The deep state needs something to fill the airwaves after the Mueller report and the Jussie Smollet FF failure to distract the slumbering masses. He, like Snowden, is a stooge and has taken his place on the world stage production of NWO. There will be drama involved in this staged public deception to keep the numbskulls busy thinking about nothing. Weren’t the Swedish charges proved to be a Honey trap ? In the meantime the Cabal will pull all the stops, more false flag attacks, weather warfare, immigrant crisis, economic terror etc. etc. to keep from answering for the plethora of criminal conspiracies that have been ongoing for centuries. It is going to be a very interesting year !

  4. well they will still bombard us with homosexual perversions, false flag and fake bombings
    more government sponsored terrorism, and more racist wars on brown people
    and they wonder why no one votes ?
    not much of a choice
    Rothschilds Tories
    Rothschilds New Labour
    Rothschilds Lib.Dem
    er no thanks none of the above

  5. “A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it..
    The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it…”
    David Stevens

    ” In a time of universal deceit –
    telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
    (George Orwell)

    Assange will be vindicated.
    The time has come for the truth to prevail.

    Source: “Believers Information Network”

  6. Today Is A Dark Day, Today The USA Has Gone Fascist: World War III Is Now Coming

    The United States Of America, has just taken the first serious leap into fascism. With the arrest of Julian Assange, the United States of America has just done exactly what Nazis did with Germany in the 1930’s, by arresting a person who’s only crime was to tell the truth.

    There is now no hope for anyone in the United States of America to now report the truth. The Bill of Rights of the USA has been totally ignored. That is, US law is now no longer being followed. This is fascism pure and simple.


    The clock has now started to another World War. The USA has now crossed a line, the same line that the Nazis did with the election of Hitler in 1933 and their ignoring German laws to hunt down and imprison their foes.

    The next World War, will be a World War to stop the fascist USA.

    God have mercy on us all.

  7. As I was saying …
    The UN Working Group ruled that Assange ought never to have been arrested in the UK in the first place because there is no case, and no genuine investigation. Read this and you will know why.