June 21st, 2012
08:34 AM ET

Assange will be arrested if he comes out of embassy in London, police rep. says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be arrested if he comes out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he is seeking asylum, a Metropolitan Police representative at the scene said Thursday, without giving his name.

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.

Why Assange needs Ecuador and Ecuador needs Assange

Two women have accused Assange of sexually assaulting them during an August 2010 visit to Sweden in connection with a WikiLeaks release of internal U.S. military documents. He was arrested in Britain that December and has been fighting extradition ever since, arguing the allegations are retribution for his organization's disclosure of American secrets.

Assange's only further legal recourse would be to apply immediately to the European Court of Human Rights, and his attorneys have vowed to do so. He has said he fears that if he is extradited to Sweden, authorities there could hand him over to the United States, where he then could be prosecuted for his role in the leaking of classified documents.

Assange has not been charged with a crime, but Swedish prosecutors want to question him about allegations of "unlawful coercion and sexual misconduct including rape," according to a Supreme Court document. Ecuador said its decision to consider Assange's asylum request "should in no way be interpreted as the government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden."

Julian Assange: Loathed, admired, here to stay

WikiLeaks, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, has published some 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables, causing embarrassment to the government and others. It also has published hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents relating to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  1. Katherine

    We support Assange. Anyone, ANYONE that reveals that which is hidden is not a villain by any mean, oh contraire.

    This society is not controlled by guns, politics or drugs, it's controlled by "manipulating mass consciousness."

    June 21, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave NY USA

      Does the last line on your resume say "Bimbo"?

      June 21, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • American

      Extradite him to the USA, send him to a SuperMax, hold him in solitary and throw away the key. The man is a terrorist!!!

      June 21, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Well, someone sure as hell has manipulated yours! You're as brainwashed as they come!

      June 21, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      Foolish juvenile.

      June 21, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Ruth

      inside an embasy car is consider embasy territory.. so he can venture out without fear,,

      June 21, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Akihito

      You will be arrested too if you provide emotional asylum to Assange!

      June 21, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      It appears Assange has maipulated your "minimal conciousness" or minimal intelligence.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. JDavis

    Since the Swedish prosecutors have had a year and a half to ask their questions but haven't bothered, this threat by Britain to arrest Assange is quite transparently political harassment.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dave NY USA

    WHY has this guy not been killed, yet?
    He revealed a lot of state secrets, and should suffer the appropriate response, which is a bullet.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dakota2000

      Dave NY USA- Why doesn't someone kill him? I dunno... maybe we live in a society with laws and a thing called due process. Perhaps China would be more to your liking. Have you thought of taking up Mandarin?

      June 21, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Santiago

    Whatever happend to the information relating the two woman who accused Assange to the CIA?

    June 21, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Ruth

      They got paid and the masters desapear..

      June 21, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lenn

    If the US wanted him for diclosing state secrets then he would have already been apprehended.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Military cover ups being exposed is what angers the U.S.

      June 21, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      You're right, I mean we got Bin Laden as soon as we wanted him for questioning....oh ya. Of course they want him! He's made them (US Gov) look like fools in the way they have tried to cover up things like civilian deaths in an already BS war and now they're likely calling in some favor with the Swedes to get him brought there for extradition. They only want him for questioning, why not call the guy or have a video conference and ask all the questions you want instead of dragging his name through the mud with allegations and no charges? I'm really disliking the government more and more.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. jnpa

    Excellent post.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't recall

      Thank you

      June 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Heydrich

    It is clear our goverments turned against us.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    The best part about all this is he hasn't even been charged for a crime, yet Britain and Sweden act as if he has.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      They're only acting as agents to the U.S.Its not classified information they want stopped.Its military cover ups they don't and won't admit too.

      June 21, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Don't worry,they will.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. TeddyG

    More harm to the US came from Obooma's cyberwar leaks than anything that wiki published. Ample warning was given; if lives were lost you would have heard about them big time.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dakota2000

    Where is the logic in regard to state's secrets?

    We live in a society where our leaders are elected. If a presidential candidate ran on a "no secrets" pledge then we are free to vote or not vote for him/her. OHHHH Actually that was Obama's pledge... my bad...

    June 21, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Yes,Romney has revealed a lot about his future plans for America.Be careful for what you ask for,you might not like it after you have bought it.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dr. Ruth

    Dan you are wacky... anybody looking for your nudes must be sick in the head... or a masochist, or he or she could be charge with cruelty to animals..

    June 21, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    I'm British and ashamed of the police for saying this.

    Also, what the article doesn't mention is that 1) Assange has no charges against him, 2) while in Sweden, he offered to talk to police and they let him go, and 3) while in the UK he offered video link for Swedish police questions or even an interview/interrogation in London – which, bizarrely, they declined – and proceded to pursue extradition so they could "just ask him questions".

    June 21, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Smarter than ewe

    He revealed weaknesses in nuclear power plants (where an airplane should fly into them for maximum casualties) that can now be seen by all including religious fanatics that could help destroy the earth. YEs destroy YOUR earth! Why is he such a good guy? Rapist aside he is a sensationalist egomaniac who needs to go away. He is a traitor to the human race.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Lyons

      Many elected officials are sensational egomaniacs as well. Many of them should go away too, for the good of the world.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    The most wanted man after OBL and he is still free? Why wasn't a Seal Team deployed to bring him to justice?? That is the question. lol

    June 21, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Lyons

      Would you like Obama to use a drone against the Equador Embassy, to get Assange?

      June 21, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sarah

    This man SHOULDN'T have been able to enter any Embassy for alysum PERIOD. He is a terrorist, a threat to the USA National and International security, and should be held culpable for all of his illegal actions. Of course the Ecuadorian Embassy, along with its highly corrupted government officials will find a "back door" escape to this crook and he will suddenly appear in Ecuador. Come on CIA agents – time for a termination.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Forgot your meds again, Sarah?

      June 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eman de Riuqer

      Seriously? Do you know what it is he's done, or do you just believe whatever you're told to believe? The whole case is a farce. How does anyone know any of the "diplomatic cables" are authentic? How is what he's done terrorism? I suspect you have no idea what terrorism is, if you think what he's done is terrorism. If he's a terrorist, then someone who sneaks up on you and cries "BOO!" in your ear to scare you is also a terrorist, as is every whistle-blower in history.

      You ended your post exhorting the CIA to murder him... how does that not make YOU a terrorist?

      June 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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