By MarketWatch, MarketWatch
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at Ecuador’s embassy in London on Thursday, where he’s taken refuge since 2012 while on bail in the United Kingdom in connection with sexual-assault allegations in Sweden.
The Australian-born Assange, 47, and WikiLeaks are subjects of probes in the U.S. into the leaking and publishing of diplomatic communications as well as an alleged Russian-led attack on the integrity of the U.S. presidential election in 2016. The U.K. Home Office, the Guardian reported, has confirmed that the U.S. has requested Assange’s extradition for an alleged “computer-related offence.”
Metropolitan police officers were invited into the embassy in Knightsbridge after Ecuador withdrew Assange’s asylum status, the Guardian reported .
The Russian international media outlet RT as of early Thursday had rare available footage of the Assange arrest: