LONDON – Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder who released reams of secret documents that bothered the United States government, was arrested by the British police on Thursday at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he had lived for years after Ecuador drew the asylum it had given him seven years ago.
President Lenín Moreno in Ecuador said on Twitter that his country had made the decision to revoke the asylum status it had given to Assange after "his repeated violations of international conventions and daily life protocols," a decision that removed the road for the British authorities to detain him.
The US Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against Mr Assange, 47, relating to the publication of classified documents, a fact that the accusations were accidentally published in November.
He is also facing a charge in a British Court Hope and Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Assange had been arrested by embassy officials on a warrant issued by the Westminster Magistrates Court in 2012 not to surrender to court.
Mr. Assange is also suspected of helping Russian interference in the presidential elections in 2016 by releasing material stolen from Clinton's campaign computers and the Democratic Party. In July, the Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers to hack these computers and the accused states that at least one of them were in contact with WikiLeaks
Mr. Assange took refuge in the embassy in June 2012 to avoid to extradite to Sweden, where he was faced with questions about allegations of sexual assault. He has insisted that the accusations against him are false and has said that the Swedish authorities intend to extradite him to the United States.
Sweden has lifted its arrest warrant to Assange, but the accusations have emphasized that the case has not been closed and could be resumed.
Ecuador gave Mr. Assange asylum in 2012, but he has been annoying in his relations with Britain, the United States and other countries. Mr. Moreno, who became the country's president in 2017, had sought a face-saving way to get him out of the event.
Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign leader who has since been convicted of economic crimes, allegedly offered in 2017 to help Ecuador with Mr Assange to the US authorities, but the deal was never hit.
In December 2017, Ecuador gave Mr Assange citizenship and prepared to appoint him a diplomatic post in Russia, but the British government made it clear that if he left the embassy, he would not have diplomatic immunity.
In March last year, the Ecuadorian government said it had cut off Mr. Assange's internet access and said he had violated an agreement to stop commenting or attempting to influence other country's policies. The government also imposed other restrictions on him, restricted his visitors and asked him to clean his bathroom and take care of his cat.
He sued the Ecuadorian government in October and claims it violates his rights.
Herr. Assange, born in Australia, created WikiLeaks as a tool for people to publish secret materials anonymously. It became extremely important in 2010, releasing troves of classified US documents and videos about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and confidential cables sent among diplomats.
The files documented the killing of civilians and journalists and the abuse of detainees by forces from the United States and other countries, as well as by private entrepreneurs, and it issues officials' unfinished, often straightforward views on Allies and US actions. It also revealed the identities of people working with coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, as US officials said, put their lives at risk.
A gentleman, Bradley Manning – now known as Chelsea Manning – was sentenced to leak this collection of files and was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but President Barack Obama commuted the sentence after Mrs Manning had earned almost seven years.
During the 2016 campaign, WikiLeaks released thousands of e-mails stolen from the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, which led to a series of revelations that frightened the party and Hillary Clinton's campaign. US investigators have said the systems were hacked by Russian agents.
Mr. Assange made no secret of his intention to hurt Mrs Clinton, but he insisted that he did not receive emails from Russia.