Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London

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Julius Assange

Wikileak co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

According to the BBC, Assange sought refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.

Mr Assange, 47, had refused to leave the embassy, claiming if he would be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.

The co-founder was arrested by Met police for failing to surrender to court. Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Mr Assange's asylum after his repeated violations to international conventions.

WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange's political asylum "in violation of international law".

Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: "I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK.

It comes a day after Wikileaks said it had uncovered an extensive spying operation against its co-founder at the Ecuadorean embassy.

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