(K.R.) BREAKING NEWS: WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED ON BEHALF OF U.S. AUTHORITIES
Updated 8:40am et - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum protection. He was arrested on behalf of U.S. authorities, who are seeking his extradition on charges related to the 2010 leak of sensitive U.S. government documents.
WikiLeaks spread the documents related to the Iraq and Afghanistan war that had been stolen by then-PFC Bradley Manning. Manning was arrested and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison, serving seven years before President Barack Obama commuted the sentence in 2017. Manning, who now goes by Chelsea Manning, was arrested once again this year and imprisoned for refusing to testify before a grand jury about WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks said on Twitter that the Ecuadorian ambassador “invited British police into the embassy” and Assange was immediately arrested.
Assange was carried out of the embassy and and hauled into a police van. The 47-year-old looked significantly aged, sporting a long white beard. He’d been living in the embassy since seeking refuge there in 2012 after a British judged ruled that he should be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.
Sweden dropped the case in 2017 but Mr Assange remained in the London embassy, fearing extradition to the US to face charges over his website's release of sensitive US government files. Special counsel Robert Mueller also investigated WikiLeaks’s possible role in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but made no indictments against Assange or his organization.
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