WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder arrested

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the man who shook world affairs, Zimbabwe included, by releasing damning leaks, has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.

Police have confirmed the arrest of Assange.

WikiLeaks was an international non-profit organisation that published secret information, news leaks, and classified media provided by anonymous sources.

Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organisation Sunshine Press, claims a database of 10 million documents in 10 years since its launch.

His leaks caused tension in the world, including Zimbabwe where members of different political parties and government officials were quoted speaking ill of their leaders or deliberately giving vital information to the American government.

A case in point was when the Wikileaks exposed a secret meeting between former Zanu PF second secretary and Vice President Joice Mujuru and a United States Ambassador against government protocol.

Former Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono was in trouble after he was quoted in the WikiLeaks saying then President Robert Mugabe was left with only five years to live because he was suffering from cancer.

In the opposition camp, MDC-T’s then spokesperson Nelson Chamisa was quoted together with the provincial spokesperson for Harare; Obert Gutu saying their party leader, the late Morgan Tsvangirai was a weak leader.

Assange, sporting a long white beard and wagging a finger, shouted "UK must resist" as he was carried out in handcuffs by seven men and hauled into a police van.

He has been in the building for nearly seven years after seeking refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden and was detained on Thursday after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum.

WikiLeaks said on Twitter that the Ecuadorian ambassador "invited British police into the embassy" and Mr Assange was immediately arrested.

Scotland Yard says he is being held on behalf of the US authorities, as well as for breaching bail conditions in 2012.

The Home Office confirmed in a statement that Mr Assange was arrested "in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America."

In a tweet, Mr Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson also said he had been "arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request".

Following Assange's detention, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Sky News: "No one is above the law and Julian Assange is no hero.

"He's hidden from the truth for years and years, and it is right that his future should be decided in the British judicial system."

In a tweet, he thanked the government of Ecuador for its cooperation on the arrest.


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