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  Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian embassy
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News DateThursday, April 11, 2019 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionJulian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden.

At the time, Assange claimed that if he was extradited to Sweden he might be arrested by the US and face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s publication of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.

In a statement the Met police said: “The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster magistrates court, and was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “Nearly seven years after entering the Ecuadorian embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law.”
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I:9951E Pluribus Unum ( -285.0314 points)
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Sat, April 13, 2019 05:10:05 AM UTC0:00
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D:1RP ( 5283.2700 points)
Sat, April 13, 2019 02:20:18 PM UTC0:00
BrentinCO: I wonder if Embassy staff and the Ecuador Government were pushed to the point where they said “Come get him!”

I would think so:

Foreign Minister José Valencia told Congress that Assange had been using a mobile phone not registered with the embassy, repeatedly insulted the mission’s workers – reportedly calling them US spies – and damaged the facilities by riding his skateboard and playing football, despite being told not to do so.

Cleaning staff, Mr Valencia said, had described ‘improper hygienic conduct’ throughout Assange’s stay, an issue that a lawyer had attributed to ‘stomach problems’. One unnamed senior Ecuadorean official told AP news agency that other issues included ‘weeks without a shower’ and a ‘dental problem born of poor hygiene.'

Interior Minister María Paula Romo then complained that Assange had been allowed to do things like ‘put faeces on the walls of the embassy and other behaviours of that nature.' - [Link]