Julian Assange arrested by British police at Ecuadorean embassy

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Julian Assange arrested by British police at Ecuadorean embassy

Moment Julian Assange is CARRIED out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

A senior Ecuadorian official says a Swedish software developer living in Quito and who is allegedly close to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested as authorities attempt to dismantle a blackmail ring that in recent days had threatened to retaliate against President Lenin Moreno. Assange was arrested earlier Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and the USA has charged him with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon.

The UK warrant is related to bail jumping in 2012, when he sought political asylum at the Ecuador embassy to avoid being extradited to Sweden, which was probing him on rape allegations.

British police moved in after Ecuador pulled its asylum for Assange and cancelled his citizenship, granted in 2012.

"Today I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr".

Hillary Clinton said Thursday that Julian Assange - whose organization, WikiLeaks, played a damaging role in her 2016 electoral defeat - needs to "answer for what he has done".

In 2006, Assange set up WikiLeaks that published classified documents on certain governments, including the US.

WikiLeaks said Ecuador had illegally terminated Assange's political asylum in violation of global law.

In a Twitter post, WikiLeaks said Ecuador "illegally terminated Assange's political asylum in violation of worldwide law".

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