Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested

Julian Assange has been spied on even while taking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy

Assange was arrested by British police on a USA extradition request Thursday, after they were invited into the Ecuadorian embassy.

He was arrested after he was evicted from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, authorities say, where he'd sought refuge from arrest seven years ago.

WikiLeaks accused Ecuador of "illegally" withdrawing asylum for Assange and said Ecuador's ambassador to London had invited British police into the building to arrest him.

Assange was living in the embassy under diplomatic asylum since 2012, but that asylum status was withdrawn this week, when Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said Assange had repeatedly violated global conventions.

"Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of worldwide law", the whistleblowing website said on Twitter.

It followed similar comments by Mr Moreno that he had "repeatedly violated" the terms of his asylum. At the time, Assange was fighting his extradition from the United Kingdom to Sweden, where police was investigating the WikiLeaks founder in a 2010 sexual assault and rape cape.

WikiLeaks said that Ecuador terminated Assange's political asylum "in violation of global law".

The WikiLeaks' founder was wheeled out of the embassy by the police and taken into custody in Central London on Thursday morning. The near one-minute clip showed an agitated, frail-looking man with white hair and a white beard escorted by the police.

The 47-year-old Australian was due to appear in court later on Thursday. While he will initially face punishment for jumping bail, Mr Assange faces the possibility of a looming extradition request to the US.

He has been living in its embassy in west London since then. Assange also fears the possibility of extradition to the United States for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

The Swedish case has since been dropped, but Assange feared U.S. extradition due to his work with WikiLeaks and remained in the embassy.

Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest and said its officers had executed a warrant against Assange dating back to June 2012 for breach of bail conditions in the UK.

WikiLeaks claims meetings with lawyers and a doctor inside the embassy over the past year were secretly filmed. "Thank you Ecuador and President Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with [the British Foreign Office] to ensure Assange faces justice".

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