WikiLeaks accuses Ecuador of spying Assange at embassy

WikiLeaks accuses Ecuador of spying Assange at embassy

A lawyer for the unidentified woman said Thursday her client was shocked when she learned that Assange had lost his political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London earlier that day and had been arrested by British police.

The arrest comes days after Ecuador warned Assange he could not stay in the London embassy indefinitely. The near one-minute clip showed an agitated, frail-looking man with white hair and a white beard escorted by the police.

The Australian sought refuge at Ecuador's embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced accusations of sexual assault that prosecutors in Stockholm have since abandoned.

He had refused to leave the embassy, fearing ultimate extradition to the United States where WikiLeaks said he faces charges over his website publishing huge caches of hacked State Department and Pentagon files.

In 2017 Swedish authorities dropped their investigation into Mr Assange saying that all possibilities to conduct an investigation had been exhausted.

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

Assange has been living in the embassy for nearly seven years.

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The WikiLeaks' founder was wheeled out of the embassy by the police and taken into custody in Central London on Thursday morning. If convicted Assange could face up to five years in US prison. London police say they've arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, it was reported on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

While those charges were dropped in 2017, Mr Assange has remained in the small London apartment as he has continued to dodge United Kingdom police and American prosecutors.

WikiLeaks has claimed that Assange was being spied on in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Police said officers were invited into the embassy by the ambassador following the Ecuador government's withdrawal of Assange's asylum.

"It would put him at risk of extradition to the USA, where he would very likely face charges that could see him jailed for 30 or more years".

Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno said his country withdrew Assange's asylum after he "repeatedly violated global conventions".

For the past decade, Assange has claimed numerous times that the Sweden case was a sham to get him extradited to Sweden, and then to the US.

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