Scotland Yard, the London Metropolitan Police, has arrested Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. According to a statement from Scotland Yard, the arrest took place under a warrant issued by the Westminster Magistrates Court in June 2012 and the founder of Wikileaks is currently under arrest at a police station in central London. Assange is expected to appear “as soon as possible” before a Westminster magistrate, according to police sources.
Assange had been held at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, which then requested his surrender for alleged sexual offences.
Just this Wednesday, the WikiLeaks portal denounced that Assange has been the victim of a sophisticated espionage operation at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where meetings between lawyers and a doctor at the diplomatic mission have been filmed over the past year. According to the organization, an unidentified “dubious” individual offered all the material in Spain in exchange for three million euros.
The director of WikiLeaks, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said this Wednesday, in statements to the media, that he traveled to Spain to see this person, who showed him some videos of the meetings that Assange had held in the last year, as well as a copy of a legal document left in a room of the diplomatic building. According to Hrafnsson, attempts to expel Assange from the embassy have increased, which led WikiLeaks to warn of that situation last week.