Julian Assange Arrested by British Authorities

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was arrested in London on Thursday morning after Ecuadorian diplomatic officials invited British police into the country’s embassy to apprehend the Australian. The arrest ended a nearly 7-year stay at the embassy.

Moments before the arrest, Ecuador announced it had withdrawn Assange’s asylum for “repeatedly violating international conventions and protocol.”

Assange had been living in the embassy of Ecuador in London under diplomatic asylum since 2012, and was granted citizenship by Ecuador in 2017. WikiLeaks has maintained that Assange is likely to be extradited to the United States if expelled from the embassy.