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Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum.

London police said Assange was taken to a nearby station and will then appear at Westminster Magistrates Court.

So, with that offer of asylum officially withdrawn, Ecuador worked with the Metropolitan Police to allow them to enter the embassy and arrest Assange.

Sweden has dropped an investigation into rape allegations against Assange, but he refused to come out for fear of facing USA charges related to WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents.

But WikiLeaks said he had acted illegally in terminating Assange's political asylum "in violation of global law".

The 47-year-old Assange and WikiLeaks have been implicated by US intelligence services and special counsel Robert Mueller in a scheme to release emails hacked by Russian intelligence from the Democratic National Committee.

He claimed asylum on the grounds that he feared ultimate extradition to the USA, where he faces a possible death sentence or torture for Wikileaks' alleged leak of American secrets.

Footage distributed by Ruptly showed about five to six men in suits forcibly escorting Assange out of the embassy building, surrounding him as he staggered down the steps and boarded a police van.

US prosecutors have not brought formal charges against Assange, but the WikiLeaks co-founder has suspected that he faces criminal charges under seal, meaning they have been prepared secretly.

Moment Julian Assange is CARRIED out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @MetPoliceUK for its professionalism.

Assange first took up residence in the embassy in 2012 in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sexual assault case.

Assange was living in the embassy under diplomatic asylum since 2012, but that asylum status was withdrawn this week, when Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said Assange had repeatedly violated worldwide conventions. While he will initially face punishment for jumping bail, Mr Assange faces the possibility of a looming extradition request to the US.

It commented: "Maria Paula Romo, Ecuador Minister of the Interior, this morning held a press conference, claiming there are Russian hackers in Ecuador, and also that there is one person part of WikiLeaks living in Ecuador since several years".


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