WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday by the British police. He was pulled out from Ecuador’s embassy after his seven-years of asylum was cancelled, making the way for his deportation to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information. Assange remained in Ecuador’s embassy for seven years; however, recently, the South American nation withdrew the asylum that was allowed to him.
Hours after the weak-looking Assange, with white hair and a long beard, was carried hastily by at least seven men out of the embassy and into a waiting police van. Sooner, the U.S. officials declared that he had been accused with a single count of conspiracy to carry out computer encroachment.
As he was being taken out of the embassy in a dramatic scene shortly after 0900 GMT after Ecuador terminated his refugee status.
British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed and honoured the news in parliament, with cheers and cries from legislators.
Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest and stated that its officers had used the warrant that dates back to June 2012 for violation of bail conditions in the UK.
Assange gave a stamp of approval in handcuffs as he was being taken from a police station to a London court, where he declared himself not guilty of failing to surrender in 2012.
Judge Michael Snow labelled Assange, wearing a black jacket and black shirt, a “narcissist who cannot go further than his own selfish interests” and declared him guilty for skipping bail. Sentencing would be awarded on a later date.
In Washington, the U.S. Justice Department stated that Assange was accused with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to get access to a government computer as part of a 2010 leak by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military reports related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and American diplomatic communications. Legal experts stated that the U.S. might come up with more charges against him.