After living in at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London for nearly seven years, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had his asylum revoked on Thursday followed by an immediate arrest at the hands of British police “on behalf of the United States.”
A London judge quickly ruled that Assange was guilty of breaching bail in 2012. Assange’s defense was that he couldn’t get a fair trial in British courts because the U.K.’s intent was to “secure his delivery” to the United States.
Judge Michael Snow described Assange’s defense as ‘laughable’, calling him a ‘narcissist’.
“His assertion that he has had not had a fair hearing is laughable. And his behaviour is that of a narcissist who cannot get past his own self-interest,” Justice Snow said.
Sentencing will come at a later date.
Under an extradition request from the U.S., British police further arrested Assange.
U.K.’s Metropolitan police posted:
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 later today (Thursday, 11 April).
UPDATE: Julian Assange has been further arrested in relation to an extradition warrant on behalf of the United States authorities. He remains in custody at a central London police station. https://t.co/rK3mtlsPBE pic.twitter.com/kipiWbflOh
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) April 11, 2019
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