- Video footage shows the moment the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday.
- Assange, who had been living in the embassy for nearly seven years, was arrested by UK police after Ecuador revoked his asylum.
- “The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behaviour of Mr. Assange,” Ecuador’s president said.
- Assange could now face extradition to the US over WikiLeaks’ involvement in the release of hundreds of thousands of US military documents.
Video footage shows the moment that the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after his arrest on Thursday.
Assange, who had been living in the embassy for nearly seven years, was arrested by London’s Metropolitan Police after Ecuador revoked his asylum.
Video shared by Ruptly, a video news agency associated with Russia’s state-owned RT, shows the moment Assange was escorted from the embassy:
— Barnaby Nerberka (@barnabynerberka) April 11, 2019
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Assange was in custody in a police station and would be transferred to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court “as soon as is possible.”
Lenín Moreno, the president of Ecuador, said on Thursday that “the patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behaviour of Mr. Assange.”
Ecuador decidió soberanamente retirar el asilo diplomático a Julian Assange por violar reiteradamente convenciones internacionales y protocolo de convivencia. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/V02pvvtPY0
— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019
Assange, an Australian national, was granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012 and started living in the country’s embassy in London.
A warrant for his arrest has existed since 2012, after he failed to appear in a Swedish court to face charges of sexual misconduct, which he denies. That investigation has been dropped, though he also faced charges of breaching former bail conditions in the UK.
Assange could now face extradition to the US over WikiLeaks’ involvement in leaking hundreds of thousands of military documents.