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Wikileaks' Co-founder Julian Assange Arrested in London

Updated On 12 Apr, 2019 Published On

Julian Assange, Co-founder of Wikileaks has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, 11 April 2019.

Assange took refuge in the Ecuador embassy in 2012 to avoid being handed over to Sweden over a sexual misconduct case that has been dropped.

Julian Assange was found guilty of failing to give up to the court, at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

He now faces US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the biggest leaks of the US government secrets.

The Government of UK will decide whether to deport Assange, in response to allegations made by the Department for Justice that he conspired with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to hack classified Government information.

He faces up to five years in US prison if convicted on the charges of conspiracy to commit computer hacking.

Jennifer Robinson, Assange's advocate said they would be fighting the deportation request.

She mentioned it set a dangerous precedent where any journalist could face US charges for,

publishing truthful information about the United States

Jennifer said she had visited Assange in the police prisons where he thanked  his supporters and said,

I told you so.

Assange had previously predicted that he would face extradition to the United States if he left the Ecuador embassy.