Julian Assange has been arrested after spending seven years at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London under asylum.

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First of all, for those who do not know who Julian Assange is, well, he is the founder and director of WikiLeaks, an international non-profit organisation that publishes classified information which is usually provided by anonymous sources.

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Assange, an Australian computer programmer, consequently earned himself plenty of enemies in high-level positions due to the unsolicited disclosures including secret American documents.

This ultimately triggered the wrath of the government of the United States which eventually launched a criminal investigation against him, and thus activated a global manhunt in search of him with the help of allies worldwide.

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Assange surrendered to the police in United Kingdom in December 2010. However, he was released on bail within only 10 days. To avoid the possibility of being extradited to the US, the Australian computer programmer sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and has been living there since 2012.

According to a report in CNN, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said in a statement that Assange’s asylum status has been withdrawn by Ecuador due to his “discourteous and aggressive behaviour,” “the hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organisation against Ecuador” and “the transgression of international treaties.”

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A footage showed a heavily-bearded Assange shouting and gesturing as he was carried out in handcuffs by plainclothes police officers and ushered into a police van.

Britain has guaranteed to Ecuador that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face the death penalty, reported The Guardian.

The fate of the mind behind WikiLeaks is yet to be known.


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