WikiLeaks' Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London

14 April, 2019, 06:40 | Author: Carlos George
  • Julian Assange Arrested In London

British authorities will now also consider whether to extradite him to the States, where he is facing one charge relating to the accessing of confidential information.

The U.K. Metropolitan Police Service said Assange was arrested on a warrant from 2012 for failing to surrender to the court.

"The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government", Jeremy Corbyn warned on Twitter hours after Assange's arrest.

WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange will receive "no special treatment" from his home country following his dramatic arrest in Britain, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today.

He faces up to a year behind bars on that charge.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne, however, responded to fears from Assange's supporters over his possible punishment in the USA, saying Australia is "completely opposed to the death penalty".

Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, tweeted that her client "has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a USA extradition request".

According to the court, the United States has until 12 June to submit all the papers necessary for extradition. Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot dismissed his argument and ruled that there was no evidence that USA officials would seek Mr. Assange's extradition.

Former Liberal MP Ross Cameron tells Luke Grant that Australia should be supporting Assange.

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Australian diplomats are set to visit Assange in custody in London later on Friday, the Herald Sun newspaper reported.

"So on those grounds it becomes a press freedom issue", he said. Julian Assange's journalism punctures those lies.

Strom suggested there'd been less than universal support from journalists for Assange because "as a personality, he's clearly a divisive figure".

The MEAA awarded Assange, a long-term member of the union, lifelong membership in 2010 as a show of solidarity.

"I do, I do", she said.

In May 2012, the UK Supreme Court decided that Assange should face questioning in Sweden in relation to the allegation. "He will have to face the justice system".

"He will get the same treatment as everyone else, he will get the same support as everyone else", he told ABC News.

The country's ambassador to the UK, Jaime Marchan, said that in the time Assange had remained in the embassy he had been disrespectful, "continually a problem" and interfered in elections, politics and the internal affairs of other countries.

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