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Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition


/ Ecuador's Embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lived until his arrest on Thursday. Photo: Alastair Grant/AP

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was arrested by British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London today. In addition to a U.K. criminal charge for avoiding a court appearance, police confirmed that Assange has “been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities” for allegedly encouraging whistleblower Chelsea Manning to expose more information. The Intercept’s Robert Mackey is updating news about Assange’s arrest throughout the day. Glenn Greenwald discussed Assange’s arrest on NPR this morning and is posting updates on Twitter.

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April 11 2019 | Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested on Thursday inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 under diplomatic protection. London’s Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement its officers were “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

Video of Assange being dragged from the embassy was captured on a livestream set up by Ruptly, a Russian government news agency. / Robert Mackey's work is focused on making sense of events through the close reading of firsthand accounts, photographs, and video posted on social networks by witnesses and participants. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Slate, and The Guardian.

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