Swedish prosecutors have announced in a press conference that they have “taken the decision today to re-open the investigation.” Developing…
British police entered the Ecuadorian Embassy today and arrested Assange after Ecuador has revoked their grant of asylum for the WikiLeaks founder. Assange had been living in the embassy since August 2012 to avoid extradition.
Home Sec Sajid Javid says Assange is now “rightly facing justice in the UK” meaning extradition seems unlikely.
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
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) April 11, 2019
The Metropolitian Police have said that Assange was arrested under 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.”
UPDATE: Video has emerged of the arrest.
Not a very subtle prod to Julian Assange here from FCO minister Alan Duncan, assuring him that he will be given medical attention if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy. Interesting that this follows the Guardian reporting that he may be on the way out of the Embassy soon – Guido hears similar whispers. Watch this space…
Seumas Milne’s mystery blonde is Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson, according to The Times. 36 year-old Australian Robinson has represented the Wikileaks founder since 2010. A source told The Times Seumas has visited Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in the last 16 months. Jen’s tweets show her public support for Seumas and Corbyn:
Robinson didn’t respond to requests for comment. The identity of the lady canoodling with Milne at the plush Courthouse Hotel was the subject of fevered speculation yesterday, with Labour colleagues pointing the finger of suspicion at each other. From Twitter it looks like Jen has been a fan of Seumas’ column for years…
Farage has been sighted entering the Ecuadorian embassy this morning:
Genuine scoop: just saw Nigel Farage enter the Ecuadorian Embassy.
— Normal name (@custardgannet) March 9, 2017
Guido can confirm he is currently in the building. LBC exclusive interview with Assange? Nige has spent the last few weeks banging on about sexual assaults in Sweden, perhaps he is seeking expert advice…
Pamela Anderson on her hero, Julian Assange
“He’s living in dire circumstances so I like to bring a little help and a smile and some glamour. It’s so rare that he has someone to come and visit him and bring him things, and I want to be able to do that for him.”