Mr. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London for almost seven years after failing to show up in a British court to face a hearing on possible extradition to Sweden.
A police vehicle parked outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. The Justice Department said Thursday that Assange has been indicted on a single charge of conspiring to steal military secrets with Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who supplied thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
Journalist and author Max Blumenthal says that Julian Assange's arrest in the United Kingdom is "an attack on global law".
British police moved in after Ecuador pulled its asylum for Assange and cancelled his citizenship, granted in 2012.
Thanking the police for "great professionalism" and welcoming "the cooperation of the Ecuadorian government" in her remarks at the House of Commons, May said the arrest "goes to show that in the United Kingdom, no one is above the law".
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Announcing his decision to rescind Mr Assange's asylum, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno cited the Australian's "violating of global conventions and protocol".
"Today a collaborator close to Julian Assange was arrested for investigative purposes".
The country's ambassador to the UK, Jaime Marchan, said that in the time Assange had remained in the embassy he had been disrespectful, "continually a problem" and interfered in elections, politics and the internal affairs of other countries.
Mr. Assange has always insisted that the Swedish case was simply a cover for him to be handed over to USA justice officials. Assange feared that travelling to Sweden in relation to the rape allegation would enable the USA to extradite him.
Assange is set to front court again on May 2 in regards to the USA extradition request.
"He will get the same treatment as everyone else, he will get the same support as everyone else", he told ABC News. "He was detained this afternoon", she told Sonorama radio station.