Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested in London

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested in London

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London to face a charge in the United States of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer network in 2010 bringing to an abrupt end a seven-year saga in which he had holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in Britain to avoid capture. 

The Ecuadorean government suspended the citizenship it had granted Mr Assange and evicted him clearing the way for his arrest.

Mr Assange indicated that he would fight extradition, and legal experts stated process could take years.

Mr Assange’s arrest brought to head long-simmering tensions that have raised profound First Amendment press freedom issues. 

The internal government debate over whether to charge Mr Assange continued under the Trump administration and was accelerated by Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time, according to former officials involved in the discussions.