Trump says: & # 39; I know NOTHING about Wikileaks & # 39; after the arrest of Julian Assange

President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday & # 39; nothing about Wikileaks & # 39; after the arrest of founder Julian Assange.

He said he doesn't know much about Assange and that the US Department of Justice is handling the international case.

& # 39; I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing. And I know that something has to do with Julian Assange. I have seen what happened to Assange. And that will be a determination, I imagine, mostly through the Attorney General, who does an excellent job, & he said in the Oval Office. & # 39; So he will be determined. I don't really know anything about him. It's not mine, it's not my deal in life. & # 39;

He claimed: & # 39; I don't really have an opinion. I know the Attorney General will be involved and make a decision, okay? & # 39;

Federal prosecutors charged Assange Thursday with participation in a conspiracy to hack thousands of computer documents into a charge after his dramatic arrest in London that put him in police custody after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy.

The government accused Assange of participating in one of the biggest leaks of secret information in the country's history by cooperating with the former army intelligence service, Chelsea Manning.

Assange participated in hacking in & # 39; real-time & # 39; and encouraged the act, said prosecutors – an accusation accusing Assange of taking part in the act, rather than merely being the recipient of secret information, because a journalist is in a situation that would be a First Amendment defense can invite.

The arrest eventually puts Assange on a path to where he could stand in the US – after the national security and criminal justice system moved in after he released hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and activity reports from Iraq to Afghanistan. The Obama administration said that WikiLeaks published the classified documents at the time that US personnel and sources were in serious danger.

The federal criminal investigation into the activities of Assange dates from the Obama administration, which nevertheless opted not to charge him material that Assange and his lawyers compared to a journalistic act protected by the First Amendment.

According to the indictment, on March 8, 2010, Assange agreed to help Manning gin to crack a password that was stored on US Department of Defense computers. & # 39;

British authorities have confirmed that the whistleblower has been detained on behalf of the US, as well as for breaching bail conditions following allegations of rape in Sweden dating back to 2010

British authorities have confirmed that the whistleblower has been detained on behalf of the US, as well as for breaching bail conditions following allegations of rape in Sweden dating back to 2010

British authorities have confirmed that the whistleblower has been detained on behalf of the US, as well as for breaching bail conditions following allegations of rape in Sweden dating back to 2010

The Ministry of Justice said in a statement: & # 39; During the conspiracy, Manning and Assange have had discussions in real time about the transfer of classified records by Manning to Assange. The discussions also reflect that Assange Manning actively encourages more information. During an exchange, Manning told Assange that after this upload, that is all I really have left. & # 39; To which Assange responded, & # 39; curious eyes never dry in my experience. & # 39;

The indictment further claims that Manning, who previously used Bradley Manning, gave Assange part of a password to crack & # 39; to access files for users with & # 39; administrator-level privileges & # 39 ;.

Manning was tried in military court for the leak and received a 35-year prison sentence. President Barack Obama translated all months after the end of Manning & # 39; s conviction, after she had served seven years and tried twice to live her own life.

CNN reported that Assange could charge extra costs. An official report in November accidentally revealed that Assange had been charged.

Assange's lawyer, Jenifer Robinson, spoke outside the courthouse where he was first heard, and defended Assange on the basis of freedom of the press.

& # 39; This is a dangerous precedent for all media organizations and journalists in Europe and elsewhere in the world. This precedent means that any journalist can be extradited for prosecution in the United States for publishing truthful information about the United States, & she said.

Said WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson: & # 39; It's called conspiracy. It is a conspiracy to commit journalism. & # 39;

The government describes the two as reaching a & # 39; password-cracking agreement & # 39; to obtain documents. Manning had already provided WikiLeaks with hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including activity reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the government.

When describing the alleged conspiracy, prosecutors say that Manning Assange & # 39; part of a password & # 39; has given that is stored on computers of the Ministry of Defense. Assange told Manning that he was trying to crack the password. But the charge does not say that the effort has actually been successful.

The grand jury's indictment is dated March 6, 2018, and was filed in the eastern district of Virginia, a location for many prominent federal affairs with implications for national security.

It also describes Assange & # 39; s efforts to encourage further removal of classified documents by Manning. On March 8, 2010, Manning told Assange that she threw & # 39; everything & # 39; to find out the evaluations of detainees detained in the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Manning also told Assange that & # 39; after this upload & # 39; everything is what I have left & # 39 ;, Assange encouraged her to do more. & # 39; Curious eyes are never dry in my experience & # 39 ;, Assange wrote according to the government. After the exchange, over a period of days that ran through April 9, Manning downloaded cabinets from the Foreign Ministry that WikiLeaks would later publish – creating a wave of diplomatic headaches for US officials around the world to work.

Manning's release came when Ecuador, who had granted him asylum for many years, agreed to receive $ 10 billion in financial support from the International Monetary Fund and other international development organizations.

A handcuffed Assange is depicted in a van with police officers on his way to Westminster Magistrates Court in London, prior to his interrogation

A handcuffed Assange is depicted in a van with police officers on his way to Westminster Magistrates Court in London, prior to his interrogation

A handcuffed Assange is depicted in a van with police officers on his way to Westminster Magistrates Court in London, prior to his interrogation

According to the agreement, announced Thursday, the IMF would provide loans to Ecuador for $ 4.2 billion. Other infusions would come from the World Bank, the Development Bank of Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the Latin-American Reserve Fund, AFP reported.

Curious eyes never dry in my experience. & # 39; – Julian Assange to Manning

The formal indictment is that Assange has deliberately and intentionally combined, conspiring, confederating and agrees with other co-conspirators known and unknown to the Grand Jury to commit a violation against the United States. ;

Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion is charged with a maximum of five years in prison. Prosecutors have not filed a complaint regarding hacking in connection with the 2016 presidential election. Special Counsel The prosecutors of Robert Mueller have written in a court that they have obtained evidence from Donald Trump's long-standing adviser, Roger Stone, who communicates with WikiLeaks about hacked democratic emails. According to the submission, the government has communication between Stone and & # 39; Organization 1 & # 39; obtained but did not say what was included in it.

A British judge ordered Assange to remain in custody and appear for an extradition request of 2 May.

Donald Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, when the site released a lot of harmful information about his opponent Hillary Clinton after the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair were hacked.

& # 39; WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks & # 39 ;, Trump said at a meeting in Pennsylvania in October 2016. & # 39; This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove & # 39 ;, Trump said days before the election while campaigning in Michigan.

The language in the indictment says Assange & # 39; Manning encouraged & # 39; to provide information, and reached an & # 39; agreement to crack the password & # 39; stored on computers of the Ministry of Defense.

It does not really say that Assange has succeeded in this. In fact, it quotes Assange looking for more information from Manning on March 10, 2010, and told him that he had tried to crack the password but had no luck so far.

Assange was arrested today by the British police after he was taken from the Ecuadorian embassy in London following a request for extradition from the US.

The founder of Wikileaks, with a filthy beard and unkempt hair, was dragged out of the building, first handcuffed by a group of seven men, while his bewildered supporters watched as he shouted & # 39; the UK must resist & # 39;

Shortly thereafter, the UK authorities confirmed that the whistleblower was being held on behalf of the US, as well as for breaching bail conditions following allegations of rape in Sweden dating back to 2010.

WikiLeaks confirmed that Assange had been arrested on the basis of an American extradition order for conspiracy with the American whistleblower Chelsea Manning for the publication of secret information about war crimes, also in 2010.

It comes after Ecuador has dramatically withdrawn the asylum status of Assange after seven years and the & # 39; unkind and aggressive behavior & # 39; of the Australian accused of continuing to work with WikiLeaks during his stay at the embassy.

Assange has always been afraid of extradition to the US, where his lawyers claimed he could get the death penalty for leaking highly secret documents from WikiLeaks.

In November it was accidentally revealed that Assange had been secretly charged by federal prosecutors, but the exact nature of the allegations against the 47-year-old had not been disclosed.

In a statement today, Ecuadorian President Lenin accused Moreno Assange of having violated the conditions of his asylum by intervening in internal affairs of other states & # 39; and by & # 39; blocking security camera & # 39; s & # 39; and & # 39; mistreatment guards & # 39 ;.

The arrest came just 24 hours after WikiLeaks had accused Ecuador of an & # 39; extensive espionage operation & # 39 ;, adding that it was assumed that the information had been transferred to the US President Donald Trump's government.

READ THE FULL U.S INDICTMENT AGAINST JULIAN ASSANGE

Assange, who oversees the publication of thousands of secret military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks, is currently in custody and will appear today at Westminster Magistrates & # 39; Court.

News of his arrest was praised by Prime Minister Sajid Javid, who said & nobody was above the law, while Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt added that Assange & # 39; not a hero & # 39; was and claimed to have been hidden for years & # 39; from the truth & # 39; Has been.

Julian Assange portrayed as he is being led from the Ecuadorian embassy in London in handcuffs after his sensational arrest by the British police today

Julian Assange portrayed as he is being led from the Ecuadorian embassy in London in handcuffs after his sensational arrest by the British police today

Julian Assange portrayed as he is being led from the Ecuadorian embassy in London in handcuffs after his sensational arrest by the British police today

The founder of Wikileaks was dragged by a large group of men from the Ecuadorian embassy as astonished supporters and demonstrators in central London

The founder of Wikileaks was dragged by a large group of men from the Ecuadorian embassy as astonished supporters and demonstrators in central London

The founder of Wikileaks was dragged by a large group of men from the Ecuadorian embassy as astonished supporters and demonstrators in central London

Julian Assange (photo below left) if he is arrested by the police after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London

Julian Assange (photo below left) if he is arrested by the police after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London

Julian Assange (photo below left) if he is arrested by the police after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London

Assange is loaded at the back of a police bus in central London before being taken away for a trial in Westminster

Assange is loaded at the back of a police bus in central London before being taken away for a trial in Westminster

Assange is loaded at the back of a police bus in central London before being taken away for a trial in Westminster

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (shown in May 2017) came under fire after the website started releasing hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (shown in May 2017) came under fire after the website started releasing hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (shown in May 2017) came under fire after the website started releasing hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said: & We can confirm that Julian Assange was arrested in connection with a provisional extradition request from the United States of America.

& # 39; He is accused of computer-related crimes in the United States. & # 39;

Assange has not left the diplomatic earth of Ecuador since 2012, when the country offered diplomatic protection against allegations of assault in Sweden.

The case was eventually withdrawn because the investigators could not officially inform Assange about the allegations, but the Swedish prosecutors today revealed that the case can now be reviewed after his arrest.

Moments after the arrest, in which Assange held on to a Gore Vidal book on the history of the national security state, WikiLeaks said Ecuador had acted illegally and was violating international law.

In a statement today, the Ecuadorian president claimed that he had asked Great Britain to guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he might face torture or the death penalty.

Mr. Javid said: "Almost seven years after entering the Ecuadorian embassy, ​​I can confirm that Julian Assange is now in pre-trial detention and is being properly treated in the UK.

& # 39; I want to thank Ecuador for its cooperation and for its professionalism. No one is above the law. & # 39;

Shortly after his arrest, vocal supporter and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson tweeted a black and white photo of Assange along with the title & # 39; Veritas Valebit & # 39 ;, which is Latin for & # 39; the truth will prevail & # 39 ;

The 51-year-old, claiming that she previously had a relationship with Assange, said she was shocked by the arrest.

On Twitter, she commented on his appearance and said he was there & # 39; very bad & # 39; looked like.

She said: & # 39; How could you do Equador? (Because he exposed you). How could you UK? Of course – you are America & # 39; s boss and you need a distraction from your idiotic Brexit b *******. & # 39;

She also called the US and described President Donald Trump as & # 39; toxic & # 39 ;.

She added: & # 39; This poisonous coward of a president should he collect his base? – You are selfish and cruel. You have taken the whole world back.

A police van is located outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by agents of the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody after the withdrawal of the Ecuadorian government of asylum

A police van is located outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by agents of the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody after the withdrawal of the Ecuadorian government of asylum

A police van is located outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by agents of the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody after the withdrawal of the Ecuadorian government of asylum

Moments after the arrest, WikiLeaks said that Ecuador had acted illegally by ending the political asylum of Assange & # 39; in violation of international law & # 39;

Moments after the arrest, WikiLeaks said that Ecuador had acted illegally by ending the political asylum of Assange & # 39; in violation of international law & # 39;

Moments after the arrest, WikiLeaks said that Ecuador had acted illegally by ending the political asylum of Assange & # 39; in violation of international law & # 39;

The British police are pictured at the embassy just before the founder of Wikileaks was dragged out in handcuffs

The British police are pictured at the embassy just before the founder of Wikileaks was dragged out in handcuffs

The British police are pictured at the embassy just before the founder of Wikileaks was dragged out in handcuffs

Media gather outside the Westminster Magistrates Court where Julian Assange will appear after his arrest by the Metropolitan Police

Media gather outside the Westminster Magistrates Court where Julian Assange will appear after his arrest by the Metropolitan Police

Media gather outside the Westminster Magistrates Court where Julian Assange will appear after his arrest by the Metropolitan Police

The President of Ecuador accuses & # 39; indecent and aggressive behavior & # 39; by Julian Assange while revealing that UK was asked to guarantee that he would not be extradited to a country with the death penalty

Lenin Moreno, president of Ecuador, said in a statement about Julian Assange that he & # 39; rude and aggressive behavior & # 39; had shown.

He said: & # 39; Ecuador has sovereignly decided to end the diplomatic asylum granted to Assange in 2012. For six years and ten months, the Ecuadorians have protected Mr Assange's human rights and provided for his daily needs in the facilities of our Embassy in London.

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, speaks about Julian Assange in a television broadcast

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, speaks about Julian Assange in a television broadcast

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, speaks about Julian Assange in a television broadcast

& # 39; Ecuador has fulfilled its obligations under international law. On the other hand, Mr Assange repeatedly violates clear provisions of the treaties on diplomatic asylum of Havana and Caracas; despite being asked on several occasions to respect and comply with these rules.

& # 39; In particular, he has violated the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states. The most recent incident occurred in January 2019, when WikiLeaks leaked documents from the Vatican. Important members of that organization visited Mr Assange before and after such illegal acts.

& # 39; These and other publications have confirmed the world's suspicion that Assange is still connected to Wikileaks and is therefore involved in interference with internal affairs of other states.

& # 39; Ecuador's patience has reached its limit regarding Mr. Assange's behavior. He installed electronic and distortion equipment not allowed. He blocked the security camera & # 39; s from the Ecuadorian Mission in London.

& # 39; He has confronted and assaulted guards. He had been given access to the security files of our embassy without permission. He claimed to be isolated and rejected the internet connection offered by the embassy, ​​and yet he had a cell phone that he used to communicate with the outside world. & # 39;

& # 39; You are devils and liars and thieves. And you will be ROTT AND WE WILL ALSO DRIVE. & # 39;

Meanwhile, the American whistleblower Edward Snowden warned that the arrest was a & # 39; dark moment for press freedom & # 39 ;.

Snowden tweeted: & # 39; Images of Ecuador & # 39; s ambassador inviting the United Kingdom secret police to withdraw the embassy to drag a publisher of like-or-award-winning journalism out of the building, end in the history books.

& # 39; Assange & # 39; s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom. & # 39;

Snowden currently lives in exile Russia has fled the US after leaking a huge cache of released documents back in 2013.

The former CIA agent has long been an advocate of the Assange case, reportedly assisted by the founder of WikiLeaks in handing over the secret documents to journalists.

The Assange arrest comes one day after WikiLeaks accused the Ecuadorian government of an & # 39; extensive espionage operation & # 39 ;.

During a press conference on Wednesday, it was claimed that the meetings of the founder of WikiLeaks with lawyers and a doctor at the Ecuadorian embassy in London were filmed in secret last year.

The anti-secrecy organization said it had offered all the material of an unnamed person in Spain if it paid € 3 million (£ 2.6 million).

WikiLeaks also explained how it assumed the information had been transferred to the US President Donald Trump's government.

Assange had refused to leave the embassy and claimed that he would be extradited to the United States for questioning about the activities of WikiLeaks if he did.

Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said after the arrest: "What we showed today is that no one is above the law – Julian Assange is not a hero."

& # 39; He has been hidden from the truth for years and it is good that his future is decided in the British legal system. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; What happened today is the result of years of careful diplomacy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. & # 39;

Mr. Hunt added: & # 39;[It’s] a very courageous decision by President Moreno in Ecuador to resolve this situation, which has been going on for almost seven years.

& # 39; It is not so much that Julian Assange was held hostage in the Ecuadorian embassy, ​​it was actually Julian Assange who held the Ecuadorian embassy hostage. It was a situation that was absolutely unacceptable to them. & # 39;

In a statement this morning, Scotland Yard said: & # 39; Julian Assange, 47, was arrested today, Thursday, April 11, by agents of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant from Westminster Magistrates & # 39; Court on 29 June 2012 for non-surrender to the court.

& # 39; He has been detained at a central police station in London where he will stay before being brought before Westminster Magistrates as soon as possible & # 39; Court.

& # 39; The MPS was obliged to act on behalf of the Westminster Magistrates & # 39; Court to execute the order and was invited by the ambassador to the embassy after the Ecuadorian government had withdrawn the asylum. & # 39;

WikiLeaks tweeted: & # 39; URGENT: Ecuador has terminated Illangeally (sic) Illange political asylum in violation of international law.

& # 39; He was arrested minutes ago by the British police in the Ecuadorian embassy. & # 39;

Shortly after his arrest, vocal supporter and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson tweeted a black and white photo of Assange along with the title & # 39; Veritas Valebit & # 39 ;, which is Latin for & # 39; the truth will prevail & # 39 ;

Shortly after his arrest, vocal supporter and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson tweeted a black and white photo of Assange along with the title & # 39; Veritas Valebit & # 39 ;, which is Latin for & # 39; the truth will prevail & # 39 ;

On Twitter, she commented on his appearance and said he was there & # 39; very bad & # 39; looked like

On Twitter, she commented on his appearance and said he was there & # 39; very bad & # 39; looked like

Shortly after his arrest, vocal supporter and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson tweeted a black and white photo of Assange along with the title & # 39; Veritas Valebit & # 39 ;, which is Latin for & # 39; the truth will prevail & # 39 ;

Fidel Narvaez (left), former consul from Ecuador to London, is viewing some images, alongside WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and barrister Jennifer Robinson today

Fidel Narvaez (left), former consul from Ecuador to London, is viewing some images, alongside WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and barrister Jennifer Robinson today

Fidel Narvaez (left), former consul from Ecuador to London, is viewing some images, alongside WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson and barrister Jennifer Robinson today

Mr. Narvaez, Mr. Hrafnsson and Mrs. Robinson in Doughty Street Chambers in London today

Mr. Narvaez, Mr. Hrafnsson and Mrs. Robinson in Doughty Street Chambers in London today

Mr. Narvaez, Mr. Hrafnsson and Mrs. Robinson in Doughty Street Chambers in London today

This image shows where Assange was allowed to be within the Ecuadorian embassy in London during his nearly seven years living there

This image shows where Assange was allowed to be within the Ecuadorian embassy in London during his nearly seven years living there

This image shows where Assange was allowed to be within the Ecuadorian embassy in London during his nearly seven years living there

Pamela Anderson tweets support for arrested Assange

American-Canadian actress Pamela Anderson dropped out in the UK after the arrest of Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The 51-year-old, who previously had a relationship with Assange, said she was shocked by the arrest.

On Twitter, she commented on his appearance and said he was there & # 39; very bad & # 39; looked like.

She said: & # 39; How could you do Equador? (Because he exposed you). How could you UK? Of course – you are America & # 39; s bitch and you need a distraction from your idiotic Brexit b *******. & # 39;

She also called the US and described President Donald Trump as & # 39; toxic & # 39 ;.

She added: & # 39; This poisonous coward of a president should he collect his base? – You are selfish and cruel. You have taken the whole world back.

& # 39; You are devils and liars and thieves. And you will be ROTT AND WE WILL ALSO DRIVE. & # 39;

Mrs. Anderson then resubmitted video & # 39; s from Assange & # 39; s arrest before posting a photo of him with the caption & # 39; veritas valebit & # 39 ;, which is Latin for & # 39; truth will prevail & # 39 ;.

Lenin Moreno, president of Ecuador, said in a statement about Assange: & Ecuador is a generous country and a nation with open arms.

& # 39; We are a government that respects the principles of international law and guarantees the right to asylum.

& # 39; Granting or withdrawing asylum is a sovereign right of the Ecuadorian state, according to international law.

"Today, I announce that Mr. Julian Assange's disastrous and aggressive behavior, the hostile and threatening statement of his allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially the violation of international treaties, has brought the situation where the asylum of the Mr. Assange is untenable and no longer viable.

& # 39; Ecuador has sovereignly decided to end the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr Assange in 2012.

& # 39; For six years and ten months, the Ecuadorian people have protected Mr Assange's human rights and provided for his daily needs in the facilities of our embassy in London.

& # 39; When I became President of Ecuador, I inherited this situation and decided to adopt a protocol to establish the daily rules of life at the embassy, ​​which is less than anyone can expect from a guest with him is at home.

& # 39; Ecuador has fulfilled its obligations under international law.

"On the other hand, Mr Assange repeatedly violates clear provisions of the treaties on diplomatic asylum of Havana and Caracas; despite being asked on several occasions to respect and comply with these rules. & # 39;

Rafael Correa, who was the Ecuadorian president when Assange was granted asylum, strongly condemned the decision of his successor.

He tweeted that Lenin Moreno was the & # 39; greatest traitor in the history of Ecuador and Latin America & # 39; used to be.

A supporter of Assange last week outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London's Knightsbridge, where protesters have gathered for seven years to support the founder of WikiLeaks

A supporter of Assange last week outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London's Knightsbridge, where protesters have gathered for seven years to support the founder of WikiLeaks

A supporter of Assange last week outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London's Knightsbridge, where protesters have gathered for seven years to support the founder of WikiLeaks

Lawyer for the alleged Swedish rape victim of Julian Assange says & # 39; we will do everything we can to make prosecutors reopen investigations & # 39;

The Swedish lawyer of the alleged victim of rape by Julian Assange is urging the case that was canceled in 2017 to be reopened.

Lawyer Elisabeth Massi Fritz says she will do everything in her power to get prosecutors to reopen investigations in the aftermath of the arrest of Wikileaks founder today.

She said: & # 39; My client and I have just received the news that Assange has been arrested.

& # 39; The fact that what we have been waiting for almost seven years and hoping is now happening comes naturally as a shock to my client.

& # 39; We will make every effort to persuade prosecutors to reopen the Swedish preliminary criminal investigation so that Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted for rape. & # 39;

Assange was arrested by British police today after Ecuador withdrew dramatically political asylum seven years after he had taken refuge in the country's embassy in London.

Julian Assange, center, arrives for his extradition hearing at the Supreme Court in London in 2011. He would enter the Ecuadorian embassy the following year as a political asylum seeker

Julian Assange, center, arrives for his extradition hearing at the Supreme Court in London in 2011. He would enter the Ecuadorian embassy the following year as a political asylum seeker

Julian Assange, center, arrives for his extradition hearing at the Supreme Court in London in 2011. He would enter the Ecuadorian embassy the following year as a political asylum seeker

The arrest of Julian Assange marked a & # 39; dark moment for press freedom & # 39;

American whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned the arrest of Julian Assange is a & # 39; dark moment for press freedom & # 39 ;.

Shortly after Assange's arrest in London today, Snowden tweeted: & # 39; Images of the ambassador of Ecuador inviting the British secret police to withdraw the embassy to become a publisher of -like it or not-award-winning journalism dragging out of the building will end in the history books.

Edward Snowden (photo) said that critics would welcome the arrest

Edward Snowden (photo) said that critics would welcome the arrest

Edward Snowden (photo) said that critics would welcome the arrest

& # 39; Assange & # 39; s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom. & # 39;

Snowden currently lives in exile Russia has fled the US after leaking a huge cache of released documents back in 2013.

The former CIA agent has long been an advocate of the Assange case, reportedly assisted by the founder of WikiLeaks in handing over the secret documents to journalists.

The 47-year-old has not left Ecuador's diplomatic soil since 2012, when the country offered diplomatic protection against allegations of sexual assault in Sweden.

Although the case was eventually rejected, Assange was always afraid of extradition to the US, where his lawyers claimed he could get the death penalty for leaking very secret documents.

An international arrest warrant was issued on 18 November 2010 for Assange on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion – which he denies.

He has been living in the embassy in Knightsbridge for seven years since when the Swedish authorities asked him for extradition as a suspect in the rape case.

In his time at the embassy, ​​Assange told journalists that he would not leave even if the sex charges against him were scrapped because of the fear that he would be extradited to the US for questioning about the activities of WikiLeaks.

In 2015 werden onderzoeken naar geslachtsdiscriminatie geschrapt omdat de Zweedse autoriteiten geen tijd meer hadden om hem te ondervragen – maar het geval van vermoedelijke verkrachting bleef open.

Een senior Zweeds officier van justitie interviewde Assange een jaar later in de loop van twee dagen over de beschuldigingen van verkrachting. Maar in 2017 hebben de Zweedse autoriteiten plotseling de beschuldigingen van verkrachting laten vallen.

De oprichter van Wikileaks werd vandaag met zijn handboeien het eerst gesleept door een groep van zeven mannen als verdoofde supporters en demonstranten keken toe in het centrum van Londen terwijl hij schreeuwde dat 'het VK moet weerstaan'.

Assange, who oversaw the publication of thousands of secret military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks, is currently in custody and will appear in the Westminster Magistrates & # 39; Court & # 39;

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, said the decision to withdraw Assange's asylum status came after the & # 39; repeated violations of international conventions and protocols for everyday life & # 39; en zijn 'onhoffelijk en agressief gedrag'.

In 2015 werden onderzoeken naar de geslachtsbeschuldigingen van Assange afgewezen omdat de Zweedse autoriteiten geen tijd meer hadden om hem te ondervragen - maar het geval van vermoedelijke verkrachting bleef open

In 2015 werden onderzoeken naar de geslachtsbeschuldigingen van Assange afgewezen omdat de Zweedse autoriteiten geen tijd meer hadden om hem te ondervragen - maar het geval van vermoedelijke verkrachting bleef open

In 2015 werden onderzoeken naar de geslachtsbeschuldigingen van Assange afgewezen omdat de Zweedse autoriteiten geen tijd meer hadden om hem te ondervragen – maar het geval van vermoedelijke verkrachting bleef open

In a statement today, the President of Ecuador added that he had asked Britain to guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he might face torture or the death penalty.

Het nieuws over zijn arrestatie werd onmiddellijk bevestigd door minister van Binnenlandse Zaken Sajid Javid op Twitter, die zei dat 'niemand boven de wet stond'.

In een verklaring vanochtend zei Scotland Yard: 'Julian Assange, 47, is vandaag, donderdag 11 april, gearresteerd door agenten van de Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) bij de ambassade van Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 op een bevelschrift van Westminster Magistrates 'Court op 29 juni 2012 wegens niet-overlevering aan de rechtbank.

& # 39; He has been detained at a central police station in London where he will stay before being brought before Westminster Magistrates as soon as possible & # 39; Court.

& # 39; The MPS was obliged to act on behalf of the Westminster Magistrates & # 39; Court to execute the order and was invited by the ambassador to the embassy after the Ecuadorian government had withdrawn the asylum. & # 39;

Julian Assange's strijd voor vrijheid: een tijdlijn van de tijd van de WikiLeaks oprichter in de Ecuadoriaanse ambassade

WikiLeaks oprichter Julian Assange kwam onder vuur te staan ​​nadat de klokkenluiders website honderdduizenden geclassificeerde Amerikaanse diplomatieke kabels begon uit te brengen.

Hier is een tijdlijn van de belangrijkste data in zijn geval:

2010

Augustus: een arrestatiebevel wordt uitgevaardigd voor de heer Assange voor twee afzonderlijke beschuldigingen – een van verkrachting en een van molestatie – nadat hij Zweden heeft bezocht voor een sprekende reis. Hij wordt ondervraagd door de politie in Stockholm en ontkent de beschuldigingen.

November: Stockholm District Court keurt een verzoek goed om de oprichter van WikiLeaks te arresteren voor verhoor op verdenking van verkrachting, seksuele mishandeling en onwettige dwang. Een internationaal aanhoudingsbevel wordt uitgevaardigd door de Zweedse politie via Interpol.

December: de heer Assange presenteert zichzelf aan de Londense politie en verschijnt tijdens een uitleveringszitting waar hij in voorlopige hechtenis wordt genomen. Tijdens een latere hoorzitting krijgt hij een voorwaardelijke borgtocht maar wordt achter de tralies gehouden nadat de Zweedse autoriteiten de beslissing hebben aangevochten.

Assange krijgt een voorwaardelijke borgtocht aan het Hooggerechtshof in Londen nadat zijn aanhangers £ 240.000 in contanten en borgstellingen hebben betaald.

2011

Februari: Districtsrechter Howard Riddle bepaalt dat de heer Assange moet worden uitgeleverd aan Zweden en ontkent dat dit zijn mensenrechten schendt. De heer Assange zweert om de beslissing te bestrijden.

November: de heer Assange verliest een beroep in de High Court tegen het besluit hem uit te leveren.

2012

May: The UK Supreme Court upholds the High Court decision in the case, ruling that extradition is lawful and can go ahead. The Supreme Court later rejects a move by Mr Assange to reopen his appeal against his extradition, saying it is 'without merit'.

June 19: Mr Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London, requesting political asylum. A day later, Scotland Yard confirms he will be subject to arrest for breaching his bail conditions.

August 16: Mr Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador, through its serving president Rafael Correa.

August 19: Mr Assange makes his first public appearance in two months on the Ecuadorian embassy's balcony and calls for the US government to 'renounce its witch-hunt' against WikiLeaks.

November: Ecuador's ambassador to the UK, Ana Alban, says Mr Assange is suffering a chronic lung condition after spending months inside a one-room office at the embassy. The Ecuadorian government later plays down the health fears and says Mr Assange 'does not have an urgent medical condition'.

December: Mr Assange marks the six-month anniversary inside the embassy by making a rare public appearance on balcony to say the 'door is open' for talks to break the deadlock over his campaign to avoid extradition to Sweden.

The Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, which has been Assange's home since 2012

The Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, which has been Assange's home since 2012

The Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, which has been Assange's home since 2012

2013

June: Mr Assange tells a group of journalists he will not leave the embassy even if sex charges against him are dropped, because he fears moves are already under way to extradite him to the United States.

2014

July: Mr Assange loses a legal bid to have an arrest warrant issued in Sweden against him cancelled. A judge in Stockholm decided to uphold the warrant against him for alleged sexual offences against two women.

August: Mr Assange tells a press conference he will be leaving the embassy soon following speculation that he is seeking hospital treatment for heart and lung problems. He later brushes off reports that he is about to give up his fight against extradition to Sweden.

November: Mr Assange loses a legal move in a Swedish appeal court aimed at revoking his arrest warrant.

December: Mr Assange appears on the embassy's balcony to greet Noam Chomsky, the US philosopher and activist. Hollywood actor John Cusack also visits the WikiLeaks founder later in the month.

2015

Julian Assange speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy two months after he entered in June 2012

Julian Assange speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy two months after he entered in June 2012

Julian Assange speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy two months after he entered in June 2012

March: Swedish prosecutors ask to question Mr Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

June: Mr Assange claims the Swedish prosecutor has cancelled an appointment to interview him at the embassy.

August 13: Swedish prosecutors drop investigations into some of the sex allegations against Mr Assange due to time restrictions. The investigation into suspected rape remains active.

August 16: Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire said Ecuador's decision to harbour Mr Assange in its embassy had prevented the proper course of justice. He said the UK continued to have a legal obligation to extradite him to Sweden, where he remained suspected of a sexual offence.

October 12: Metropolitan Police end their 24-hour guard outside the Ecuadorian Embassy. It breaks a three-year police operation which is estimated to have cost more than £12 million.

2016

February 5: The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says Mr Assange is being 'arbitrarily detained' in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and calls on authorities to end his 'deprivation of liberty'.

The report is branded 'frankly ridiculous' by then foreign secretary Philip Hammond – a response which Mr Assange described as 'insulting'.

February 9: Swedish prosecutors say they are working on a renewed request to interview Mr Assange at the embassy.

February 22: Lawyers for Mr Assange submit papers to a Swedish court, asking for his arrest warrant to be overturned.

March 24: The Government formally asks a UN Working Group to review its finding that Mr Assange was subject to arbitrary detention, saying the opinion was 'deeply flawed'.

March 25: A Swedish court refuses to drop an arrest warrant against Mr Assange.

June 20: Ecuador reveals it has received a formal request from the Swedish authorities to interview Mr Assange.

August 9: Mr Assange files an appeal at Sweden's Court of Appeal of Svea, arguing the country must comply with the UN working group's findings that his deprivation of liberty was unlawful.

August 11: Ecuador announces that Mr Assange will be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in the embassy in London.

September 16: Sweden's Court of Appeal rejects a bid by Mr Assange to have his sex assault warrant dropped, saying no new information has emerged.

November 14: Mr Assange is questioned over the sex allegation at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the presence of Sweden's assistant prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and police inspector Cecilia Redell. The interview spans two days.

November 30: The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention rejects a request by the UK Government to review the case of Mr Assange.

2017

January 17: Barack Obama's decision to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning prompts speculation Mr Assange will end his self-imposed exile. WikiLeaks tweeted prior to the decision: 'If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ (Department of Justice) case.'

January 19: Mr Assange tells a press conference that he stands by his offer to go to the US, provided his rights are respected.

March 9: Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage is spotted leaving the embassy where Mr Assange is being held.

April 21: America's attorney general Jeff Sessions says Mr Assange's arrest is a 'priority' for the United States.

May 19: An investigation into a sex allegation against Mr Assange is suddenly dropped by Sweden's Director of Public Prosecution.

May 24: Lenin Moreno becomes the new president of Ecuador. This spells trouble for Assange, as Moreno is known to want to improve diplomatic relations between his country and the US.

June 16: Mr Assange calls off a pre-planned speech from the embassy balcony to mark the fifth anniversary of his arrival there, following news of an 'imminent meeting' with British authorities.

2018

January 11: The UK Foreign Office turns down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant Mr Assange diplomatic status.

Ecuador confirms it has granted citizenship to Mr Assange in December after he made a request in September.

January 26: Lawyers for Mr Assange tell a court the UK arrest warrant against him has 'lost its purpose and its function'.

February 6: Westminster Magistrates' Court says that the UK arrest warrant is still valid. Mr Assange vows to continue his legal fight. He later claims a package containing a 'threat' and white substance was sent to him at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

February 7: Visits to Mr Assange from Pamela Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel are reported.

February 13: Westminster Magistrates' Court upholds the warrant for the arrest of Mr Assange for skipping bail, in a judgment by Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot.

She urges him to show the 'courage' to appear in court.

March 28: The Ecuadorian Embassy suspends Mr Assange's internet access.

The Ecuador Government says: 'The measure was adopted due to Assange not complying with a written promise which he made with the government in late 2017, by which he was obliged not to send messages which entailed interference in relation to other states.'

Supporters, including actress Pamela Anderson, musician Brian Eno, fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and former Greek minister Yanis Varoufaki, urge Ecuador to reverse the ban.

June 7: Mr Assange receives a visit from officials from the Australian High Commission.

June 19: Vigils in several countries mark six years since Mr Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy.

July 30: Dame Vivienne Westwood designs a new T-shirt in support of the WikiLeaks founder, with a slogan which reads: 'I fought the law'.

August 9: The United States Senate committee asks to interview Mr Assange as part of their investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

September 27: Mr Assange steps down as editor of WikiLeaks.

October 19: Mr Assange reveals he is to launch legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his 'fundamental rights and freedoms'.

November 16: The US Department of Justice inadvertently names Mr Assange in a court document which suggests the WikiLeaks founder may have been charged in secret.

December 20: Mr Assange's father calls for the end to his son's 'torment', following a visit to the embassy.

2019

January 10: A legal defence fund is launched for Mr Assange amid fears that the WikiLeaks founder is under 'increasingly serious threat'.

The Courage Foundation, which offers legal support for whistleblowers and journalists, said Mr Assange had become 'isolated' inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, with 'severe restrictions' on his communications and visitors.

January 23: Lawyers for Mr Assange say they are taking action aimed at making President Donald Trump's administration reveal charges 'secretly filed' against the WikiLeaks founder.

April 5: WikiLeaks tweets that a high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told them Mr Assange will be expelled from the embassy within 'hours or days'.

A senior Ecuadorian official says no decision has been made to remove him from the London building.

April 11: Mr Assange has his diplomatic asylum revoked by Ecuador. Rafael Correa, who was Ecuadorian president when Assange was granted asylum, strongly condemns his successor's decision, calling him a 'traitor'