United States seeks extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange

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Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno said on Twitter the action was taken after Assange's "repeated violations to worldwide conventions and daily-life protocols".

Assange may legally challenge his extradition either to the USA or to Sweden (as he previously did).

Barely 24 hours into an official election campaign, Morrison said Assange would receive the same support as any other Australian in trouble overseas, and the extradition is a "matter for the United States". "This sets a unsafe precedent for all media organisations and journalists in Europe and elsewhere around the world. Assange's critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom".

He claimed asylum on the grounds that he feared ultimate extradition to the United States, where he faces a possible death sentence or torture for Wikileaks' alleged leak of American secrets. The 47-year-old Australian-born has been holed up in a back room of the Ecuador embassy in central London for almost seven years since his arrest on sexual assault charges in Sweden. His sentencing date has not yet been set. Assange has already spent the past seven years inside a tiny room in the Ecuadorian Embassy - this itself was disproportionate. The indictment was filed by prosecutors more than a year ago, on March 6, 2018.

Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London early Thursday after Ecuador revoked his diplomatic asylum.

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He thanked the Ecuadorian president for co-operating with Britain "to ensure Assange faces justice".

Assange will now have to wait in jail until May 2 for an extradition hearing, which will determine if he can be flown to the United States to stand trial.

Assange, who at the time was being pursued by Swedish authorities for sexual misconduct, argued he was being politically persecuted for his role in revealing US war crimes.

Sweden's chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren said she was unaware as to why Assange was arrested.

The document says that Assange "has done the world a great service in documenting American war crimes, its spying on allies and other dirty secrets of the world's most powerful regimes, organisations and corporations". It should not do so.

His fight with authorities began in 2010, when he released reams of classified USA documents and videos about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with confidential diplomatic correspondence.

"URGENT: Ecuador has illigally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of global law".

The U.K. government must now decide whether to grant the extradition request.

"Powerful actors, including Central Intelligence Agency, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to de-humanise, de-legitimize and imprison him", said in a tweet over a photo of Assange's smiling face.