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. tony t

    Why is there no story on Andrea Mitchelle and the WAWA fraud video???

    June 21, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greg S.

    Why would a person who has done nothing wrong be afraid to answer questions from the Swedish police? Given Sweden's history of protecting those who refused to serve in the military during the times of wrong-wars, and given their history of fairness to everyone, it's difficult to believe that Assange has done nothing. If I were in his shoes and had nothing to hide, I'd have insisted on returning to Sweden two years ago. Now, he's ready to spend the rest of his life in Ecuador! Assange might be misspelled and instead should be 'ass strange'.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Sweden has extradited for "Terrorism" without proof previously.

      Search wikipedia for Repatriation of Ahmed Agiza and Muhammad al-Zery

      June 21, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Clearly you dont understand the politics behind it. He has nothing to hide... but they will still find something... even if they have to make it up. Its sad the American political way of thinking.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Sweden would let the US extradite him without any due process.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      Because answering questions isn't what he's afraid of. He's afraid they'll extradite him to the U.S.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Whome

    Why don't they put up a drone and get him that way? Kaboom.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • knucklecheese

      So you're suggesting we bomb Ecuador's embassy in London? Do you suffer from mental illness or are you just a m0ron?

      June 21, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Name*Dr. Kno

    US has always found excuses to retaliate or hide their wrong doings for centuries.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      As has every other country in the world.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. newsman

    an innocent man... does NOT seek asylum

    June 21, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • knucklecheese

      Actually if that were true there we be no such thing as asylum. The condition of political asylum was created as a tool to help shield innocent people from being persecuted by their own governments. This also created a convenient way to smuggle spies and other operatives back and forth. This is exactly what's going on here. Assange stands to greatly benefit the current President in Ecuador. It's coming up on election time and any anti-American sentiment he can foster will help him gain more control. Assange is the very personification of anti-Americanism. You do the math. I GUARANTEE that Assange has been speaking with Ecuadoran officials for MONTHS before now.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • esoll

      I believe it goes beyond being innocent or not. The US wants him and he fears the Swedish would deliver him to the US. He can get a death penalty and he is trying to save himself. I am a supporter of Assange and with people like him we can be a better and more opened society.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      "an innocent man... does NOT seek asylum"

      Agreed. Chen Guangcheng was clearly guilty when he applied for U.S. asylum. Send his blind butt back to China for punishment!!!

      June 21, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      What about Chen Guangcheng? What crime did he commit?

      June 21, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. GeorgeBos95

    Five years from now, the news will be... "and Assange is STILL in the Ecuarodian Embassy in London".

    Hopefully the Ecuadorians get sick of the arrogant jerk and boot him out. Soon.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      LOL!!! You're probably right!!!! Thanks for the laugh, I needed one today.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    For all of the people on here that that think secret information (Joseph) it is Information that is classified Secret when its release would cause "serious damage" to national security. What Bradley Manning did is the closest thing we have ever seen to treasen and Julean Assange aided him in knowingly and deliberately retreived classified information and gave it over to Assange to retaliate for how he was being treated by the Army. The two of them jeoperdized the lives of all 2.8 million military members serving this country for YOU.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Of course, he did... Wasn't it 308 million people? That would make it the entire population of the USA…

      Actually, he probably just embarrassed the State Department and the military: toilet paper is still CLASSIFIED!

      June 21, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Harry Forrester

    The swedes want assange only for questioning, however, have declined to conduct the interrogation in the UK. Assange has been all the time willing to be questioned in the UK. If, after the interview, actual charges would be laid, the swedes would have a much better case for their extradition request.

    The swedes have a very "liberal" extradition treaty with the United States and have willingly assisted in the US extraordinary rendition programs.

    China has allowed Chen Guangcheng to go into exile. When does the UK allow Julian Assange to leave for exile?

    June 21, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. johndanger

    He should be arrested for looking so creepy.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. jesse

    I hope he rots in hell

    June 21, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    For a man who has nothing to hide, he spends alot of time in hiding.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. doug

    This guy is not man enough to stand up in court for his actions anywhere in the world. He's is the worst kind of coward – the one who hides behind a computer monitor and mouse...

    June 21, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      So says a cretin named doug, hiding behind a blog post... GREAT!

      June 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew McCauley

    His only crime was threatening the status quo and embarrassing corporations and governments. They'll assassinate him in any way possible – character, legally, financially. If you actually take the time to look at the facts of this case, you'll see that not only did he not disclose anything that was a threat to actual life and limb (the true definition of "national security"), he's also been conveniently smeared right after embarrassing certain nations and companies. And, you'll see that he's been denied due process as nations have steamrolled him through extradition to silence and destroy him. Don't be sheep, don't have a knee-jerk reaction – actually investigate this for yourselves and get the facts.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Right on Andrew.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cuateloco

    Let him go to Ecuador, then it'll be easy job for the SEAL to get to him and bring him out dead or alive.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    Julian Assange is now getting his support from Russia and Ecuador, two countries with even less freedom of press than the greatest exageration of the US. He has become nothing more than a poster child for Anti-US shills worldwide.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
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