Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Julian Assange: U.S. politicians react to arrest of WikiLeaks founder

Julian Assange: U.S. politicians react to arrest of WikiLeaks founder

The 47-year-old Assange has been living inside Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012, where he was granted asylum.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said in a video that his government made a "sovereign decision" to revoke Assange's asylum due to "repeated violations to worldwide conventions and daily-life protocols".

Assange's seven-year hideout in Ecuador's London embassy ended dramatically yesterday when police dragged the WikiLeaks founder out of the building into a waiting van.

The WikiLeaks founder was arrested on Thursday after Ecuador terminated his political asylum and invited United Kingdom police to take the WikiLeaks founder away.

Assange and his company have been an interest of the U.S. Justice Department for years for the role in publishing thousands of government secrets.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said any extradition plans had "nothing to do with Australia", and that Assange would receive only standard assistance from Australian consular officials.

While official International Monetary Fund statements make no specific mentions of Assange, the clear link between the two is likely to continue to loom large, particularly in any United States attempts to secure extradition for Assange after having bought his expulsion and ultimate arrest by Britain.

Assange hasn't left the embassy since August 2012 for fear that if he steps off Ecuador's diplomatic soil he will be arrested and extradited to the USA for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

"When Australians travel overseas and the find themselves in difficulties with the law, they face the judicial systems of those countries", he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). But on Thursday, Ecuador revoked his political asylum, with President Lenín Moreno claiming that the country's patience had "reached its limit". "He will be getting the same treatment that any other Australian would get in circumstances", Morrison said.

On May 2, he will appear in a London court via video regarding the extradition request.

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