• June 25, 2022

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested by British Police earlier today Thursday April 11.

The police told Reuters (London), they were invited into the Ecuadorean embassy where Assange has been holed up since 2012.

This is said to follow the Ecuadorean government’s withdrawal of asylum.

“Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador,” police said.

They added that Mr. Assange had been detained partly in connection with an extradition warrant filed by the authorities in the United States.

Charges

Assange during the arrest

The New York Times reports that the United States has charged Assange with one count of conspiracy to hack a computer related to his role back in 2010.

The charge stems from what prosecutors said was his agreement to break a password to a classified United States government computer.

Background

The Wikileaks co-founder has long been in the sights of the United States government since his 2010 release of American documents and videos about the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and confidential cables sent among diplomats.

He recently came under attack for his organization’s release
of thousands of emails stolen from the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The act is said to have led to a series of revelations that embarrassed the party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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