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Julian Assange arrested

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Mr. Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid deportation to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.

The Metropolitan Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court.

Mr. Assange, 47, had been in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, after looking for asylum there to avoid deportation to Sweden on a rape allegation – which he denied and was later dropped.

But he still faces a lesser charge of avoiding bail in 2012 and he says this could lead to an deportation to the US for issuing US secrets on the Wikileaks website.

Scotland Yard said it was requested into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s extraction of asylum.

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