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    WikiLeaks Founder Assange Arrested in London as Ecuador Withdraws Political Asylum (84)

    Footage of Wikileakes founder, who has been staying in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past seven years, has now appeared online. The clip shows the whistleblower looking dishevelled, while being led away down the embassy steps by a group of men.

    The Metropolitan police and UK government ministers have on Thursday confirmed the arrest of Julian Assange, saying it "was absolutely right" he would face justice "in the proper way in the UK." 

    As he was led away from the embassy building, Assange was heard saying:

    "UK must resist this attempt by the Trump administration." 

    Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno issued a statement in a vide address he posted on Twitter, after the arrest took place.

    "In line with our strong commitment to human rights and international law, I requested Great Britain to guarantee that Mr Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty. The British government has confirmed it in writing, in accordance with its own rules."

    Former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, called Moreno a 'traitor' after Assange arrest.

    However, according to Ecuador, it was the country's "sovereign right" to terminate the whistleblower's asylum, while the UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt thanked Ecuador for its cooperation.

    Julian Assange hasn't stepped foot outside the Ecuadorian embassy since he was granted asylum there in August 2012. He faces the risk of extradition to the US for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

    READ MORE: Clockwatching: Timeline of Assange's 2,487 Days in Ecuador's Embassy in London

    WikiLeaks Founder Assange Arrested in London as Ecuador Withdraws Political Asylum (84)
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