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•Ecuador removed Assange’s asylum status, citing ‘repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.’

Ali Walker

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, was arrested by British police in London Thursday morning.

He is being held at a police station in the capital, pending a court appearance.

Assange had been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since August 2012. He was wanted by Swedish authorities on a — since dropped — sexual assault charge.

Ecuador withdrew its asylum status for Assange Thursday, accusing him of“repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”

U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “Nearly 7 years after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK.

“I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law.”

In 2010, Wikileaks published a series of leaked classified cables and documents that lifted the lid on U.S. national security practices.

Assange has said that he fears extradition to the U.S. over Wikileaks’ publishing of the classified materials.

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