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The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested after the Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange’s asylum, in a move that runs counter to international asylum law.

Charged With Conspiracy to Hack
Government Computer; Not Espionage

WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador allowed British police into the London embassy to arrest Assange at around 10:30 am British time, 5:30 am in Washington.

The U.S. charged Assange with conspiracy to hack a computer government computer related to the 2010 release of classified information, according to the criminal complaint unsealed hours after his arrest. The indictment does not charge Assange with espionage.

This is the moment when Assange was dragged out by police. He was heard to say, “The UK must resist this….the UK must resist.”

Assange was taken with an arrest warrant for skipping bail when he entered the Ecuadorian embassy in June 2012, fearing extradition to the United States, where there is a sealed indictment with his name on it. Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson tweeted that he has been arrested for breach of bail conditions and also because of a request for extradition from the U.S.

Assange was taken to a police station and will later be brought to Magistrate’s court, according to a tweet from Christine Assange, Julian’s mother.

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correrá reacted by calling Moreno the “greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history.”

Full translation: “The greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history, Lenin Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London to arrest Assange. Moreno is a corrupt, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget.”

Moreno made a national television address to announce his decision. While the expulsion of a refugee to a country that could harm him for political reasons, known as refoulement, is against international law, Moreno accused Assange of “repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”

Unity4J will hold an emergency vigil under the hashtag beginning at noon U.S. Eastern Standard Time that will be webcast live on Consortium News.

NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden reacted on Twitter:

Journalist and filmmaker John Pilger tweeted:

Citations

[1]Moreno Withdraws Asylum as Assange is Arrested – Consortiumnews .... https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/11/breaking-moreno-withdraws-asylum-as-assange-is-arrested/[2]WikiLeaks on Twitter: "URGENT Julian Assange did not "walk out of the embassy". The Ecuadorian ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested." .... https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1116274905245470720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[3]Ruptly (@Ruptly) | Twitter .... https://twitter.com/Ruptly?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[4]Barnaby Nerberka on Twitter: "BREAK: Full @Ruptly video of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest by British police this morning… " .... https://t.co/tdBw1Kbpxn[5]Barnaby Nerberka on Twitter: "BREAK: Full @Ruptly video of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest by British police this morning… " .... https://twitter.com/barnabynerberka/status/1116275982518898688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[6]News about #Assange on Twitter .... https://twitter.com/hashtag/Assange?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[7]WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) | Twitter .... https://twitter.com/wikileaks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[8]Kristinn Hrafnsson (@khrafnsson) | Twitter .... https://twitter.com/khrafnsson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[9]Jen Robinson on Twitter: "Just confirmed: #Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request. @wikileaks @khrafnsson" .... https://twitter.com/suigenerisjen/status/1116290879260639232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[10]News about #Assange on Twitter .... https://twitter.com/hashtag/Assange?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[11]Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) | Twitter .... https://twitter.com/xychelsea?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[12]Jen Robinson on Twitter: "From #Assange: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning @xychelsea in early 2010." .... https://twitter.com/suigenerisjen/status/1116299419694059520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[13]Magistrates' court | English law | Britannica.com .... https://www.britannica.com/topic/magistrates-court[14]Mrs. Christine Assange on Twitter: "I have just spoken to one of Julians lawyers. Julian is likely to appear before a UK Magistrate within 24 hrs re (old defunct) "bail warrant" UK likely to seek max prison term of 12 months in higher court. Our focus is as always to STOP a U.S. Extradition! Let's get to it!" .... https://twitter.com/AssangeMrs/status/1116282896145190914?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[15]Descifrando la Guerra on Twitter: "Momento en que la policia metropolitana arresta a Julian Assange en la embajada de Ecuador. https://t.co/8dg0nzaxH9" .... https://t.co/GwZ4OLreuo[16]Rafael Correa on Twitter: "El traidor más grande de la historia ecuatoriana y latinoamericana, Lenín Moreno, permitió que la policía británica entre a nuestra embajada en Londres para arrestar a Assange. Moreno es un corrupto, pero lo que ha hecho es un crimen que la humanidad jamás olvidará.… https://t.co/uVxjQPu6jc" .... https://twitter.com/MashiRafael/status/1116281117055881216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[17]Refoulement | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization .... http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/international-migration/glossary/refoulement/[18]News about #EcuadorSoberano on Twitter .... https://twitter.com/hashtag/EcuadorSoberano?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[19]Lenín Moreno on Twitter: "Ecuador decidió soberanamente retirar el asilo diplomático a Julian Assange por violar reiteradamente convenciones internacionales y protocolo de convivencia. #EcuadorSoberano… https://t.co/bZicipRBdi" .... https://t.co/V02pvvtPY0[20]Lenín Moreno on Twitter: "Ecuador decidió soberanamente retirar el asilo diplomático a Julian Assange por violar reiteradamente convenciones internacionales y protocolo de convivencia. #EcuadorSoberano… https://t.co/bZicipRBdi" .... https://twitter.com/Lenin/status/1116271455602393088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[21]#FreeJulian hashtag on Twitter .... https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeJulian?src=hash[22]Ruptly on Twitter: "BREAKING: #Assange removed from embassy - video… " .... https://t.co/ys1AIdh2FP[23]Edward Snowden on Twitter: "Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the UK's secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of--like it or not--award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange's critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.… https://t.co/Feae4wtqpf" .... https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/1116288726601277440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[24]John Pilger on Twitter: "The action of the British police in literally dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy and the smashing of international law by the Ecuadorean regime in permitting this barbarity are crimes against the most basic natural justice. This is a warning to all journalists." .... https://twitter.com/johnpilger/status/1116286034990387200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[25]Moreno Withdraws Asylum as Assange is Arrested – Consortiumnews .... https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/11/breaking-moreno-withdraws-asylum-as-assange-is-arrested/