WikiLeaks founder’s self-imposed incarceration
April 11, 2019 -- Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has been arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange has lived inside the tiny Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012, unable to exit for fear of extradition to the U.S. to face charges of espionage and other serious crimes.
Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court on other charges.
Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew asylum after Assange’s repeated violations of international conventions.
WikiLeaks says terminating Assange’s political asylum violates international law.
Assange’s home at the embassy has been a medium-sized room converted into a studio apartment, equipped with a bed, telephone, sun lamp, computer, shower, treadmill, and kitchenette.