In August 2010, Sweden announced that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was the subject of sexual assault allegations.
From that time on, Assange has been on the run from authorities.
He has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, after being granted asylum.
Additionally, Assange has been facing federal conspiracy charges for leaking government secrets.
On Thursday, the Ecuadorian government announced that they had revoked Assange’s asylum status, allowing British police to arrest him.
The question now is whether Assange will be extradited to the US to face the more serious conspiracy charges, since Sweden has dropped the charges, at least for now.
BBC News – Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London – Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
At Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court.
He now faces US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets.
The UK will decide whether to extradite Assange, in response to allegations by the Department for Justice that he conspired with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to download four classified databases…
Even though the US charges sound more serious than the Swedish charges, if extradited to the US and found guilty of the conspiracy to leak government information, he only faces a prison sentence up to 5 years.
When facing a magistrate at the Westminster Magistrate’s Court on charges of failing to surrender himself back in 2012, Assange pleaded not guilty, but the magistrate found him guilty.
Then the magistrate blasted Assange for being a narcissist who ‘can’t get beyond his own selfish interest.’
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