'The Daily Show' recaps WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's embarrassing arrest

04/13/2019 03:00 | 1

'The Daily Show' recaps WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's embarrassing arrest

However, following Thursday's arrest by British police for skipping bail, the US Department of Justice revealed its own charges against him and has sought his extradition, which could follow a May hearing.

"The greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history, Lenin Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London to arrest Assange", Correa tweeted.

"Despite being sick and in pain from prolonged detention and torture".

"He needs us to stay strong to keep him strong in the battles ahead!"

The United States will nearly certainly ask for him to be extradited to the States but Assange has said that he will fight an extradition order.

US prosecutors say Assange was part of a criminal conspiracy to hack and steal information harmful to the United States.

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party says the government should oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

"In the end, the then-home secretary, Theresa May, blocked his extradition on what she said were human rights grounds".

While the "feces" allegation was not the only strike against Assange - he was also accused of meddling in Ecuador's political affairs to influence the country's government - but his conduct as a guest at the embassy certainly did not help.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, a Swedish lawyer who is representing a woman who alleged that Assange raped her, told the Associated Press via text message Thursday that "we are going to do everything" to have the Swedish case reopened "so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted for rape".

Graham Jones, the Hyndburn MP, said: "Jeremy Corbyn is mistaken in backing Assange".

Assange's mother, Christine Assange, also took to Twitter to defend her son, who she said was "sick and in pain from prolonged detention and torture".

Assange has consistently denied the "politicised" allegations, contending that they are a tactic to get him extradited from Sweden to the US. He had stayed inside the embassy building for almost seven years.

Swedish prosecutors dropped the rape investigation into Assange in 2017 because they were unable to formally notify him of the allegations while he stayed in the embassy.

His fears abruptly turned into reality on Thursday after Ecuador withdraw its asylum and he was charged and promptly found guilty of breaching bail in Westminster Magistrates Court by judge Michael Snow, after originally failing to surrender to the court in 2012.

Following his arrest, Assange was hauled to Westminster magistrates" court in the afternoon where a judge branded him a "narcissist who can not get beyond his own selfish interests'.

More recently, Assange has argued he couldn't leave the building because he was afraid he would be taken to America and put on trial for when Wikileaks released secret United States documents.

But, Barry Pollack, a lawyer for Assange, said that Assange did nothing more than encourage a "source to provide him information and taking efforts to protect the identity of that source".

Those charges do not carry the death penalty, however.


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