“Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10:53hrs after his arrival at a central London police station. This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as possible.”
The pale and bearded WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, 47, who played a major role in the 2016 US presidential election, was forcibly removed from the embassy in handcuffs immediately after Ecuador canceled his asylum status – ending Assange’s 2,487 day residency in the embassy.
Scotland Yard confirmed he is being held on behalf of the US authorities – where he is wanted for espionage – as well as breaching bail conditions in Britain.
Assange was captured by cameras as he was hauled from the building by at least seven plain clothes policeman, while others watched on.
Heavily bearded and grayer than last time he was seen in public, the WikiLeaks founder held a copy of Gore Vidal’s History of the National Security State, and he shouted “The UK has no civility” and “The UK must resist”.
Assange has been mocked for claiming he would be extradited to the US if he set foot outside of the Ecuadorian embassy, however his worst fears are now set to be realized.
He had feared stepping off Ecuador’s diplomatic soil would see him arrested and extradited to the US for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables.