WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested by London police at Ecuadorian embassy

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Julian Assange could soon leave Ecuadorian Embassy in London

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed on Friday that they had arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the British capital. The arrest came after Ecuador dropped Assange's asylum status, effectively evicting him from their embassy.

Assange hadn't left the embassy since August 2012, fearing that if he stepped off Ecuador's diplomatic soil he would be arrested and extradited to the U.S. for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

The police said Assange was detained "on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court" and taken to a central London police station "where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as is possible."

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The police said they were "invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum."

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