WikiLeaks founder,Julian Assange Hauled out of Ecuadorian embassy as he is finally Arrested

Julian Assange has been arrested and taken into custody, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

Officers were invited into the Ecuadorian embassy where the WikiLeaks founder has been holed up since 2012 after he failed to surrender to court.

Assange, was shouting and gesticulating as he was carried out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in handcuffs by seven men and put into a waiting Met Police van, video footage showed.

A witness said: “He was screaming. He was struggling, I think he felt a bit weak. He was surrounded by police.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was hauled out of the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested this morning (Grab)
Police vans outside the Ecuadorian embassy as Assange was arrested this morning (PA)

The arrest followed the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.

“He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible.

“The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

Assange has spent almost seven years at the embassy after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law.”