Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested - United Kingdom police

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British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, after the South American nation made a decision to revoke the political asylum that had given him sanctuary for nearly seven years.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said the decision to remove Assange's asylum was made over "repeated violations" to global conventions and "daily life protocols".

The United States has been on Mr Assange's trail for years, following a leak of massive USA diplomatic cables that exposed how the country had been conducting its diplomacy across the world.

Ecuador's President, Lenin Moreno, said the country has withdrawn Assange's asylum after he repeatedly violated the conditions of his asylum.

Assange, 47, was arrested by British police on Thursday, paving the way for possible extradition to the United States.

At the moment, Assange is being held at a central London police station and will appear before the Westminster Magistrates' Court later today.

Following his arrest Thursday morning the WikiLeaks founder was taken before Westminster Magistrates Court later in the day to answer the charge he was officially arrested for, dating from a 2012 warrant.

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said Assange's arrest meant that "nobody is above the law", saying the activist was "no hero".

"No one is above the law", he wrote, thanking Ecuador for its "cooperation" in the long-running case.

Smith said that while he didn't agree that everything Assange released should have been released, he did think the Wikileaks founder "triggered a discussion about transparency that is incredibly important". Following the protesters came the police, who many assumed were there to arrest Assange as he left the embassy.

Assange originally fled to the Ecuadorian embassy after charges of sexual assault were brought against him in Sweden.

The case was dropped previous year, but he was still subject to a British arrest warrant for violating the terms of bail in 2012. He's lived in a cramped room in the embassy and, even though Ecuador granted him citizenship, he couldn't leave the embassy without being arrested on the United Kingdom warrant.

He lost his bid to have the arrest warrant dropped.

Assange will have the right to contest the extradition request in British courts. Even if they did, she added, he would be able to fight it in a British court.

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