New Delhi: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the Metropolitan police in London on Thursday after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy, said reports.
Reports say Assange will remain in custody at a central London police station before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The police were invited into the Ecuadorian embassy after that country’s government withdrew asylum to Assange.
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed via Twitter that Assange was in police custody. “Nearly 7 years after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation and Met police for its professionalism. No one is above the law,” he tweeted.
While wanted for questioning in Sweden over allegations of assault and rape, Assange jumped bail before taking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in June 2012.
Though that investigation was dropped last year, Assange, who is Australian, remained at the embassy because of criminal charges against him filed by the US Justice Department relating to the publication of classified documents.
Assange is also suspected of aiding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election by releasing material stolen from the computers of the Democratic Party.