WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

Assange claims he is going to be thrown out of the Embassy

Assange claims he is going to be thrown out of the Embassy

The development emerged as Assange spent his first night in custody following a dramatic arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he had been holed up for seven years. He's lived in a cramped room in the embassy and, even though Ecuador granted him citizenship, he couldn't leave the embassy without being arrested on the United Kingdom warrant.

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange could face trial in the US after his Thursday arrest in London which the United Kingdom's Metropolitan Police said occurred partly to extradite him to the United States.

Assange was arrested earlier Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and the United States has charged him with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon. Met Police said Assange will be arraigned before Westminster Magistrates' Court "as soon as is possible".

He was found guilty of failing to surrender to police in 2012, and faces up to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced later by Southwark Crown Court.

In June a year ago, Vice President Mike Pence pressured the Ecuadorian government on the status of Assange following demands from Senate Democrats that he do so.

The UK government welcomed the arrest, which it said was the result of "extensive dialogue" between the UK and Ecuador.

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Swedish prosecutors dropped the arrest warrant and rape investigation in May 2017, but British police said Assange would still be arrested if he tries to leave the embassy due to the small fact that he skipped bail.

Assange could also face renewed pressure to appear in Sweden.

He feared that Sweden would extradite him to the US, which is investigating him and WikiLeaks over the publishing of secret USA documents. He had been in the building for nearly seven years to avoid being extradited to Sweden.

The indictment said Assange in March 2010 engaged in a conspiracy to assist former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in cracking a password stored on US Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a US government network used for classified documents and communications. Over the years, several allegations have been made about the site for its anti-USA, anti-Clinton, pro-Trump, and Russian influence.

"Julian Assange is not being pursued to protect USA national security, he is being pursued because he has exposed wrongdoing by U.S. administrations and their military forces", said Abbott. WikiLeaks has not returned a request for comment.

He also said the action was taken after a USA extradition request.

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