Arrested by Metropolitan Police a the Ecuadorian embassy, Assange was taken to a jail in London. He appeared before a judge for breaching his bail conditions as Ecuador has been working for months to remove him for asylum where Assange has been living since 2012. Lenin Moreno, the President of Ecuador has been working with British officials since July of 2018 to terminate his asylum.
What has transpired since Wikileaks was founded in 2006, there have been several massive troves (10 million) of documents posted for public consumption. Assange began hacking in 1987 under the name of Mendax. It is not known officially how Julian Assange and Bradley Manning became acquainted, however during the court-martial of Manning, a volume of chat logs were presented as evidence between the two and included how Assange gave Manning the ability to reverse engineer passwords.
President Obama gave Manning a pardon while the matter of Assange could be that of a co-conspirator, espionage or aiding and abetting. The indictment does give rise to the evidence beyond the protections of Assange of just being a journalist. Assange is being prosecuted for violating the ‘computer fraud and abuse act’.
President Lenín Moreno of Ecuador, who became the country’s president in 2017, had looked for a face-saving way to get out of the arrangement. On Thursday in a Twitter post, he said that his country had decided to stop sheltering Mr. Assange after “his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols,” a decision that cleared the way for the British authorities to detain him.
The relationship between Mr. Assange and Ecuador has been rocky, even as it offered him refuge and even citizenship, and WikiLeaks said last Friday that Ecuador “already has an agreement with the U.K. for his arrest” and predicted that Mr. Assange would be expelled from the embassy “within ‘hours to days.’”
Mr. Moreno, in a video statement, said that Mr. Assange had exhausted the patience of his hosts, outlining of litany of grievances: the installation of electronic interference equipment, the blocking of security cameras, and attacks on guards.
“Finally two days ago, WikiLeaks, the organization of Mr. Assange, threatened the government of Ecuador,” Mr. Moreno said, an apparent reference to allegations from the organization that Mr. Assange had been subject to a spying operation. “My government has nothing to fear and doesn’t act under threat.”
In his video, Mr. Moreno singled out the recent release by WikiLeaks of information about the Vatican as evidence that Mr. Assange had continued to work with WikiLeaks to violate “the rule of nonintervention in the internal affairs of other states.”
Alan Duncan, the minister responsible for Europe and the Americas at Britain’s Foreign Office, said in a statement that the arrest had followed “extensive dialogue” between the two countries.
In December 2017, Ecuador gave Mr. Assange citizenship, and was preparing to appoint him to a diplomatic post in Russia, but the British government made clear that if he left the embassy, he would not have diplomatic immunity.
The Ecuadorean government said in March last year that it had cut off Mr. Assange’s internet access, saying that he had violated an agreement to stop commenting on, or trying to influence, the politics of other countries. The government also imposed other restrictions, limiting his visitors and requiring him to clean his bathroom and look after his cat.