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

    On 11 April WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian embassy, following the revocation of his right for diplomatic asylum previously made by Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno. At the time of the arrest, the whistleblower’s cat was not in the embassy.

    WikiLeaks tweeted footage of Assange's cat watching his owner being arrested on 11 April.

    WikiLeaks "confirmed" that Assange's cat is safe and sound after being "rescued" from the Ecuadorian embassy in mid-October 2018 upon request from the whistleblower.

    "They will be reunited in freedom," noted WikiLeaks' Twitter post.

    Julian Assange gained fame after WikiLeaks organization published a large number of classified documents, including those exposing abuses of power committed by US military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

    Since 2012, Assange had been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced a probe over allegations of sexual assault.

    Assange has denied those allegations and called them politically motivated. Swedish police dropped the investigation in 2017, but Assange remained wary of being extradited to the United States.

    In October 2018, the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK set a number of rules for Assange to stay in its London mission, including demands that he feed and clean up after his cat, threatening to hand over the cat to embassy staffers or place it in an animal shelter if he did not comply.

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


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