WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by police on Thursday after they were invited into the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up since 2012.
Police said, “Julian Assange, 47, has today, on Thursday April 11, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador.”
Mr. Assange was arrested after being “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.” He had been taken into custody and would appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court “as soon as is possible,” police said.
The 47-year-old faces allegations that he publicly released secret documents relating to the United States.
Mr. Assange had sought asylum at the embassy after the Swedish authorities wanted to quiz him over allegations of sexual assault and rape.