Wikileaks founder assange arrested

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Added On April 13, 2019

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
 
He was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in Britain over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden.
 
World News reports.
 
Assange was escorted out of the embassy on Thursday in handcuffs and put into a waiting Met police van.
 
Assange's arrest came after the government of the Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno stripped him of the political asylum that was granted to him under the previous government in 2012.
 
 
SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): LENIN MORENO, Ecuadorean President
 
"Ecuador, with sovereignty, is terminating the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012."
 
 
Ecuador's ministry said it revoked Assange's asylum status after first securing "guarantees" from Britain that the activist faces no risks to his life.
 
Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged Assange with conspiracy to commit computer hacking.
 
   
According to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, the indictment alleges that Assange engaged in a conspiracy with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010 to access a classified U.S. government computer.
 
If convicted, Assange, 47, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
 
Assange, who established WikiLeaks in 2006, has been staying at the embassy since 2012 when he was granted asylum by Ecuador as part of a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.
 
He had remained in the Ecuadorean embassy in London until his arrest on Thursday.