WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested

Julian Assange

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested by British police on Thursday after they were invited into the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been evading the authorities since 2012. Police said the arrest was also related to Assange breaching British bail conditions. The near one-minute clip showed an agitated, frail-looking man with white hair and a white beard escorted by the police.

The 47-year-old has been in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 when he sought to escape questioning in a Swedish sexual-assault case.

Assange sought asylum at the embassy after he released thousands of secret documents through Wikileaks, some of which humiliated the U.S. government.

Assange had installed electronic distortion equipment, blocked security cameras, accessed security files "without permission", and had "confronted and mistreated" embassy staff, Moreno added.

"Granting or withdrawing asylum is a sovereign right of the Ecuadorian state, according to global law".

Assange was arrested earlier Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and the United States has charged him with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon.

Moreno said that he had asked Britain to guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty. "Ecuador sovereignly has chose to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012".

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Moreno claimed Assange had been responsible for "repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols".

Metropolitan police officers arrested the controversial political activist on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012.

He said WikiLeaks had heard some weeks ago about the material on Assange and had contacted a member of the group that claimed to have a trove of material.

Assange's attorneys fear that in case of his handover to the USA, he may face up to 35 years in jail or capital punishment. "In a sovereign decision, Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols", said Moreno.

Julian Assange leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The Australian had long complained that he would eventually be extradited to the U.S.to face charges if he was forced to surrender.

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