Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson said at a news conference that images, audio recordings, and security videos of Julian Assange were recovered by Spanish police in Madrid during a sting operation.

Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson, who was also present at the news conference, said they will renew calls for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to adopt precautionary measures to protect her client.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been the subject of an "extensive spying operation" during his asylum tenure inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London, the organisation has said.

Ecuadorian officials say they will comment later on Assange's allegation that he has been spied on.

"It is a total invasion of privacy of Mr Assange".

Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 following WikiLeaks' publication of sensitive information regarding United States operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assange's relations with his hosts have chilled since Ecuador accused him of leaking information about President Lenin Moreno's personal life.

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Assange is a hero to some for exposing what supporters cast as government abuse of power and for championing free speech.

He claimed that, as a credible pretext to extradite Assange, the government is selling the idea that Assange has hacked President Moreno's phone, despite Assange's lack of internet access and with no evidence to substantiate the allegations, and no verification of the claims carried out.

Hrafnsson said the push to evict Assange from the embassy "has been escalating" over the past weeks and days.

The United Kingdom has an extradition treaty that would allow British police to arrest the Wikileaks founder and transport him to the US.

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.

Later that year, the group released over 90,000 secret documents detailing the US-led military campaign in Afghanistan, followed by nearly 400,000 internal USA military reports detailing operations in Iraq.

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