WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service. Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years as an asylum seeker. A press release issued by the Met said he was arrested after the Ecuadorian government withdrew this asylum.
According to the Met, the arrest was made on a warrant issued on 29 June 2012. It claims Assange was arrested for failure to surrender to the court.
Assange is now in custody at a central London police station. He will stay there until a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. According to the Met, this will take place “as soon as is possible”.
WikiLeaks confirmed the arrest on Twitter:
It also claimed that British police were invited into the embassy:
Video clips emerged showing Assange as he was taken from the embassy:
More updates on this story to follow.