Wikileaks founder arrested this morning in breach of international law as Ecuador withdrew asylum
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy this morning by police, after the Ecuador government withdrew his asylum. Assange had spent seven years confined to the Embassy.
The Home Office ordered his arrest on a 2012 warrant, even though the Swedish government had withdrawn charges on which it wanted to extradite him. Assange has always claimed that the US wanted to extradite him to charge him over the leak of US information by Wikileaks – and incorrectly edited court documents for a different case suggested the US has prepared charges against him in secret.
Assange had become an Ecuadorian citizen, making that government’s actions a breach of its own laws in handing him over to a foreign state.
Internationally-renowned journalist John Pilger was one of many scathing in his condemnation:
Regardless of the final outcome and background of this case, this morning’s action has shamed the UK and Ecuadorian governments.
In all seriousness, by tonight the media will somehow have made this all Jeremy Corbyn’s fault.
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