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Julian Assange arrested by UK police after Ecuadorian embassy revokes his asylum



WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday.

The London Metropolitan Police’s arrest comes after Ecuador revoked his asylum. Assange had been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in west London since June 2012.

The Latin American country confirmed the withdrawal in a video posted on Twitter.

Assange is currently in custody at a central London police station and will be taken to Westminster Magistrates’ Court “as soon as is possible,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

More to follow.

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