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Emergency: Julian Assange has been arrested

Emergency: Julian Assange has been arrested

Julian Assange has been arrested, in violation of international law, as Ecuador has illegal terminated his political asylum. The Ecuadorian Ambassador invited British police into the Embassy and Assange was immediately arrested.

BREAK: Full @Ruptly video of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest by British police this morning

— Barnaby Nerberka (@barnabynerberka) April 11, 2019

Just confirmed: #Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request. @wikileaks @khrafnsson

— Jen Robinson (@suigenerisjen) April 11, 2019

WikiLeaks needs your help now; fight US extradition

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NYT: “The United States has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with one count of conspiracy to hack a computer related to his role in the 2010 release of reams of secret American documents, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday just hours after British authorities arrested him in London.”

Bail hearing

The BBC’s Daniel Sandford: “District Judge Michael Snow finds Julian Assange guilty of failing to surrender” to bail. “He sends Julian Assange to the Crown Court for sentencing as the offence was so serious”

Julian Assange will next appear on the 2nd of May by video link at this court on the extradition matter. He will next appear on the bail offence at Southwark Crown Court on a date to be announced. Hearing over.

— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) April 11, 2019


Per The Guardian‘s liveblog tracking statements and developments:

Extradition request from US confirmed
Scotland Yard has confirmed that Assange was arrested on behalf of the US after receiving a request for his extradition.

In a statement it said:

Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10:53hrs after his arrival at a central London police station. This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as possible.

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.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 11, 2019

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 man, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget.

— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) April 11, 2019

Going on @democracynow this morning to talk about #Assange arrest & horrific implications for press freedom.
cc: @wikileaks @khrafnsson @DefendAssange

— unR̶A̶D̶A̶C̶K̶ted (@JesselynRadack) April 11, 2019

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!

— Mrs. Christine Assange (@AssangeMrs) April 11, 2019

From #Assange: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning @xychelsea in early 2010.

— Jen Robinson (@suigenerisjen) April 11, 2019

URGENT: Julian #Assange from @wikileaks arrested by the UK. A long litigation will start soon. If you want to help, please DONATE to his defence fund now:

— Renata Avila (@avilarenata) April 11, 2019

CONFIRMED:@KimDotcom, @unjoe, myself and others will be holding an emergency #FreeJulian livestream event at 12pm Eastern, 9am Pacific, 2am Sydney to brainstorm urgent action plans in support of Julian Assange and @wikileaks. Stay tuned for further details here –> @Unity4J

— Suzie Dawson (@Suzi3D) April 11, 2019

We need more statements like the one of @cijournalism support press freedom. #FreeAssange

— Renata Avila (@avilarenata) April 11, 2019

The Obama DOJ concluded that prosecuting WikiLeaks and Assange for publishing documents would pose a grave threat to press freedom – Dems who spent 2 years feigning concerns over press freedom but who now cheer the Trump DOJ for this are beneath contempt:

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 11, 2019

I am in shock..
I couldn’t hear clearly what he said?
He looks very bad.
How could you Equador ?
(Because he exposed you).
How could you UK. ?
Of course – you are America’s bitch and
you need a diversion from your idiotic Brexit bullshit.

— Pamela Anderson (@pamfoundation) April 11, 2019

Julian is in custody for breaching bail conditions imposed over a warrant that was… rescinded. Anyone else would be fined & released. Except that JA’s persecution is all about challenging our right to know about the crimes governments commit in our name.

— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) April 11, 2019

📢BREAKING@wikileaks founder & @DiEM_25 Advisory Panel member #JulianAssange was just arrested by #UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy.

This is a direct attack on whistleblowers!

Sign the petition against his extradition 👉 #FreeAssange #Assange

— DiEM25 (@DiEM_25) April 11, 2019

I agree with @Snowden

— Birgitta (@birgittaj) April 11, 2019