June 20th, 2012
06:01 AM ET

Police seek WikiLeaks founder Assange's arrest after asylum claim

Julian Assange is subject to arrest for breaking the terms of his bail, London's Metropolitan Police said Wednesday, after the WikiLeaks founder attempted to claim asylum at the embassy of Ecuador in Britain.

Assange was arrested in Britain in 2010 because Swedish authorities want to question him about allegations of rape and sexual molestation.

His bail conditions included staying every night at the home of a supporter outside of London.

Police were notified Tuesday night that he had breached that condition, they said Wednesday morning.

"He is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act for breach of these conditions," they said.

It is not clear that they will be able to arrest him, since diplomatic protocol prevents authorities from entering foreign embassies.

Assange has requested political asylum in Ecuador, officials and WikiLeaks said Tuesday.

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  1. Lars

    Attention! Lock your safes or he will leak your country's secrets too?

    June 20, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    A man on the run and hounded, he is. I doubt if he would find asylum anywhere. No running away from us. His crime is just too big.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      No crime, there is no official secrets law in America. The public is the boss, not the government. He is a hero, they, the government, are terrorists

      June 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    This could all be said of Jesus. Mobs of his neighbors used to try and lay their hands on him to do harm. Even throwing rocks. But Jesus was the fastest man alive, and they couldn't catch him until the appointed time for him to be caught.
    And really, did killing Jesus stop Christianity from spreading? No! It began spreading FASTER than when he was alive!

    June 20, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Nothing can stop the truth from finding it's way into your life. You maight as well embrace it and call it your own rather than running and hiding from it as if it is a right protected by government.
    "There is NOTHING carefully concealed that will not be FULLY revealed" said one famous (to bible students) man.
    Assange ain't got nuthin' on you. Leave him alone for crying out loud.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    "Secrets". lmao. What secrets? Name one or thress why don'tcha.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    *three. Who here can name three "secrets" Assange has revealed? Nunnaya.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    ...name one an executive of privilege keept, maybe? (that was later wikileaked)

    June 20, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Good morning @Philip
    Your message comes thru good and proper where my sarcasm fails.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |

    Lets leave the comparisons of Asanges actions and bibical figures aside, the mans no angel,avenging or otherwise, if anything the guy should be able to claim insanity.
    Coming from a European mind where democratic principles and rule of law still mostly prevail, where criticism of ones government does not mean your a terrorist how could he understand that americans, in the majority, do not want truth. they prefer deceptions and perceptions of the more comforting kind.
    He insanely believed that when americans could see that what only in European minds were international crimes of both war and humanity they would at least read the damn words out of the horses behinds that said and led such actions.
    Aw what the Heck, bibical sometimes does apply, " Blessed be the peacemaker,".
    Only in America would that phrase be thought as refering to a Colt 45 revolver.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. just eye

    What crime? Exposing others crimes? How come we dont lock up lawyers then?

    June 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Gm@saywhat. I wasn't even sure if that was you at 9:38. I'm slow that way. 🙂 Your sarcasm is perfectly clear to me now, and you put into few words what took me dozens.
    @HIDE BEHIND. Wow. "Blessed be the Colt 45 Peacemaker." May I borrow this phrase from you? So appropo. So right on. So few words say so very much about the American mind. (dumbed down by decades of pharmaceutical expense/abuse) Big Pharma wasn't BS'n US when they printed 'CAUTION' on their labels after all.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |