WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested

Assange claims he is going to be thrown out of the Embassy

Assange claims he is going to be thrown out of the Embassy

Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum.

Assange took refuge in London's Ecuadoran Embassy in 2012, when he skipped bail to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sexual-assault and rape allegations.

A police van is pictured outside of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on April 11, 2019, after police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

United Kingdom police has been seeking to arrest Assange since August 2012, when he skipped an appearance in court and breached his bail conditions.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not have an opinion about the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces the prospect of extradition to the United States over the publishing of secret official information.

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WikiLeaks had warned last week that a revocation of Assange's asylum could happen within "hours to days", citing sources in Ecuador.

Julian Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, said they would be fighting the extradition request.

"Ecuador has made a sovereign decision to withdraw diplomatic asylum from Julian Assange over regular violations of worldwide conventions", Moreno wrote on Twitter.

The subsequent leaks, published on the WikiLeaks portal, exposed classified operations from U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In a Twitter post, WikiLeaks said Ecuador "illegally terminated Assange's political asylum in violation of worldwide law". Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, said the asylum offer had been withdrawn due to Assange's "discourteous and aggressive behaviour".

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Assange made global headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff.

Assange had installed electronic distortion equipment, blocked security cameras, accessed security files "without permission", and had "confronted and mistreated" embassy staff, Moreno added.

Moreno described it as a "sovereign decision" due to "repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life".

Moreno has said, however, that he asked that Assange not be extradited to a country with the death penalty.

"He's hidden from the truth for years and years and it's right that his future should be decided in the British judicial system", he said. "No one is above the law".

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