WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London after Ecuador withdrew his political asylum citing alleged "repeated violations." WikiLeaks has slammed Ecuador's move as a violation of international law, while President Lenin Moreno claimed the UK had agreed not to extradite Assange to a country where he may face death penalty.
The WikiLeaks founder may face up to 175 years in prison if he is extradited to the US. WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson says that Julian Assange's imprisonment was a deliberate move designed to prevent him from properly preparing his line of defence for the US extradition request hearing.
Earlier this week, a London court sentenced Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail by going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012.
LONDON (Sputnik) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's tough sentence for breaching bail in the United Kingdom marked the beginning of a deliberate campaign to silence critical journalists' voices and curb press freedom, Christine Dopf, spokeswoman for the Unity4J campaign, told Sputnik.
WikiLeaks stated that the United States wanted to build an espionage case against Assange shortly after its founder was arrested on 11 April.
LONDON (Sputnik) - A group of Julian Assange supporters are protesting near Southwark Crown Court in London, where a sentencing hearing was held for the WikiLeaks co-founder over his breach of bail conditions, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.
Julian Assange's US extradition hearing is due to take place at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on 2 May. Speaking to Sputnik, Eurasian Future Director Adam Garrie and Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel discussed the likelihood of the WikiLeaks founder being able evade extradition to the US and his potential "bargaining chips".
Julian Assange, the co-founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks, will be sentenced at 9:30 GMT on Wednesday at Southwark Crown Court over breaching bail conditions, according to WikiLeaks.
Earlier in April, UK police arrested Assange, who had been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for years for fear of extradition to the United States. WikiLeaks has published a large number of what are purportedly classified documents from the US government.
The whistleblower's legal team earlier revealed that several members of the Ecuadorian Embassy's staff had extorted him for money, threatening to otherwise publish Assange's videos and personal documents.
Assange lived at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for almost seven years before his asylum was revoked. This led to his arrest by the UK police for jumping bail in Westminster Magistrate's Court.
Ecuador’s Ambassador to the UK Jaime Marchan previously claimed that Julian Assange, who had been holed up in the country’s London embassy for seven years until his 11 April arrest, put excrement on the walls as part of his “daily protests”. His lawyer blasted the allegations, saying they were made as a pretext to force him out of the premises.
Last week, Ecuador let the police drag the WikiLeaks founder from their embassy in London, where he had been residing to avoid prosecution in the US. Since then, Ecuadorian officials have accused him of breaking the rules of his stay, claiming that he put excrement on walls. Assange's supporters say that this is a lie to justify his expulsion.
Last week, a bunch of media outlets published a photo of Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno chilling in bed with a big lobster platter, speculating that the pic’s leak could have triggered the withdrawal of Julian Assange’s asylum status by Quito on 11 April.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – An Ecuadorian judge has ordered former Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, known to be a supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to be held in pre-trial detained and has requested Interpol to detain him, El Comercio news outlet has reported, noting that the ex-official has fled the country.
A motion to unseal court documents Wednesday related to the US government’s criminal complaint against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed heavy redactions justified by another ongoing investigation.
The US federal affidavit and indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were unsealed last Thursday when he was arrested in the United Kingdom on unrelated charges. However, while it purports only to charge him with conspiracy, the indictment cites US legal code pertaining to the Espionage Act, a journalist explained to Sputnik Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ecuador’s public institutions were subjected to more than 40 million cyberattacks after the country's authorities decided to revoke asylum from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, letting UK police in to arrest him, the Comercio newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing Ecuadorian Deputy Communications Minister Patricio Real.
Assange is expected to fight extradition to the US over allegations he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer, while Sweden deliberates whether to reopen an investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations against him.
On 11 April, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after being deprived of asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship by Quito. Speaking to Sputnik, Adam Garrie, director of Eurasia Future, explained how the Trump administration could benefit from questioning Assange and who is interested in muting the journalist.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after hiding there for almost seven years from British authorities, fearing that his arrest could be followed by extradition to the US.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on 11 April and was later charged for skipping bail by Westminster Magistrates Court.