Julian Assange: U.S. politicians react to arrest of WikiLeaks founder

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Australian-born Assange was arrested by United Kingdom police on Thursday morning at the Ecuadorean embassy where he had been holed up for almost seven years.

Maria Paula Romo did not identify the person but told Sonorama radio he was very close to Assange, who was arrested Thursday in London on a USA extradition request after spending seven years in the Ecuadoran embassy there.

Assange and his company have been an interest of the U.S. Justice Department for years for the role in publishing thousands of government secrets. Tthe 47-year-old would have to face the consequences of any breach of the law in foreign jurisdictions, Morrison said. He was arrested on charges that he skipped bail in the United Kingdom in 2012 and at the request of USA authorities, London's Metropolitan Police said.

The British judicial authorities will assess the extradition request from the USA starting with a video session on the same day.

Australian diplomats are set to visit Assange in custody in London later on Friday, the Herald Sun newspaper reported.

"So on those grounds it becomes a press freedom issue", he said. Julian Assange's journalism punctures those lies.

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The MEAA awarded Assange, a long-term member of the union, lifelong membership in 2010 as a show of solidarity. After his arrest, Assange was taken to court in London and was convicted on a charge of skipping bail in 2012.

She tweeted he had been "8 years detained WITHOUT charge", and for six years had been "deprived fresh air, exercise, sun", for three years had been "sick/in pain denied proper medical/dental care" and for one year he'd been "isolated/tortured".

"I do, I do", she said.

Moment Julian Assange is CARRIED out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Assange hadn't left the embassy since August 2012, fearing that if he stepped off Ecuador's diplomatic soil he would be arrested and extradited to the US for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks. "He will receive the same consular support as any other Australians would in these circumstances".

"He won't be getting special treatment from Australia".

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