Julian Assange, Australian activist and founder of Wikileaks, was arrested Thursday in London after the Ecuadorian government’s decision to terminate his asylum.
In an announcement through a video, the president of Ecuador Lenin Moreno explained that the disrespectful behavior and the discourteous and threatening delays of his organization and the transgression of international agreements have taken the situation to the point that forced Ecuador to end the asylum by Julian 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) 11 de abril de 2019
He recalled that Ecuador fulfilled its obligations for 6 years and 10 months and during that time it has covered the daily needs. Lenín Moreno explained that Julian Assange violated the different norms of international protocols on multiple occasions.
The Ecuadorian president said that the British government confirmed in writing, following his request, that he will not surrender Assange to a country where he could suffer torture or the death penalty.
Assange is “arrested in a police station in central London where he will continue until his appearance before the Magistrates Court of Westminster as soon as possible,” the police said in a statement.
VIDEO: UK media outlets are broadcasting video claiming to be the moment Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested and removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after seven years. pic.twitter.com/0IBPWiVCNi— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) 11 de abril de 2019
Assange had not left the embassy since August 2012 for fear that, if he left diplomatic Ecuadorian territory, he could be arrested and extradited to the United States for the publication of thousands of military and diplomatic cables.
In images of British media, Assange is seen leaving the embassy, who is taken to a British police vehicle. (I)