Julian Assange has been arrested by London police at the Ecuadorian Embassy after the nation revoked the asylum it had given him for almost seven years.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) issued a statement this morning saying that officers had arrested him on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.
WikiLeaks immediately responded by issuing a statement saying that Ecuador had “illigally [sic] terminated Assange[‘s] political asylum in violation of international law”.
To mark the occasion, TEISS will be profiling Assange’s career and most controversial moments, as well as commentary from experts. We will also be looking at the wider picture: What’s next for Assange? Is he a terrorist? What’s next for secret government projects?
Jennifer Robinson, Australian human rights lawyer has confirmed on twitter that “Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request.” The UK Magistrate Court has now found Mr Assange guilty of skipping his bail in June 2012 and he will be facing a jail sentence of up to 12 months in the Crown Court.
Unbalanced as the US-UK extradition Act is, the US U.S Department of Justice’s OIF (Office of International Affairs) needs only reasonable suspicion rather than evidence to request Julian Assange’s extradition. The charge against Julian Assange of conspiring to hack a computer in 2010 was already filed a year ago by the US, and as it is not espionage – but computer-related, it carries a penalty of no more than five years in prison, provided the UK courts rule that the US has met the tests required for an extradition to take place. (US-UK extradition explained: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16041824)