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. KJB

    Why don't the UK police go out and write a few parking tickets or something else more useful.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • w.g.

      This latest move by Assange proves he´s guilty . Guilty people don´t run and seek asylum

      June 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel B.

    Indeed; and yet many keep blabbing about how so much they want to hear the truth.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PaulC

    I'd personally pin a medal on him if he hacked and published secret papers from China and Russia.
    He would be a true hero not a wimp who gets fools to do his dirty work.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liliwms51

      You are so right.

      June 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CJ Topspin

    If you want to poke a lion in the eye on a platform of moral superiority...make sure the platform is stable.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • TooClose2DC

      Why? It is more entertaining when the platform is not stable.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Langor

      Agreed. The folly of one person thinking they could kick uncle sam in the tender areas. Right, wrong, guilty or innocent, it was a stupid thing to do if you want to live free.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    Assange do the honorable thing and jump on the pointy end of a sword. Will be the same sentence once you're caught. You'll never see the outside beyond prison walls. Your leaks are pointless and put so many in jeapardy. You're no hero and your followers have drank the cool-aid you offer.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • HCom

      Yeah because Collateral Murder didn't open the worlds eyes at all. And didn't show a government hiding every single piece of bad rep. they get.

      What are you a republican?

      June 22, 2012 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. davecu

    Well said!

    June 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. w.g.

    This latest move by Assange proves he´s guilty . I hope they catch that Rapist .

    June 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve O

    "This latest move by Assange proves he´s guilty . Guilty people don´t run and seek asylum"

    They do if they've embarrassed the most powerful government on Earth.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willow

      He's embarassed more than one powerful government. I'm sure there are multiple people who want him dead. IMO prison would be safer for him.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. crappygovernment

    He's just a phony whistleblower anyway. They are doing this to give him 'street cred' with any idiot who thinks wikileaks is the authority on gov't corruption.

    Where are the 9/11 wikileaks you tool?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Social Network

    I doubt he'll ever step foot on US soil again.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    w.g. is OUT of it. No, it may prove he is being chased by corrupt governments is more what it might prove. I hear the charges against him are totally TRUMPED UP. What are you? Judge and jury? Typical DUMB American.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pineapple

      Go relocate to Cuba, Ecuador, Venezuela, Iran or perhaps Russia.

      June 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Electricty was discovered, not invented. And a German invented the automobile, not an Amercan. It appears as if you have proven George's point.

      June 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratdog

      Yea Matt, maybe you should learn to spell "e-l-e-c-t-r-i-c-i-t-y" first, and it's delivery and our use of it was certainly invented. And I think most of us Americans on an American forum would also certainly relate to the fact that the first car came by way of Henry Ford here. So whatever your point, S the F up! Assange should be hung, but only after a few weeks of waterboarding!!! 🙂

      June 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I'm so sorry my iPhone typos have offended you. Henry Ford did not invent the car – he invented the automobile assembly line. 

      June 22, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pete/Ark

    Can ANYONE give a concrete example ( no bumpersticker slogans or socio-political philosophy) of some meaningful contribution this individual has made to better the human condition? I'll check back later....I'm keeping an open mind...

    June 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ncksaint

      Well, his cable leaks exposed rampant corruption in the Tunisian Government which was the impetus behind the Tunisian Revolution. The Revolution which triggered the Arab Spring and helped spread glitter, freedom, puppy dogs, democracy, and finally U.S. Military Intervention.

      June 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. crappygovernment

    I have better, more sensational 'leaks' on my blog, feel free to click on my name, for a look.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shoot On Sight

    CIA should have a black ops team out with the instructions to shoot him on sight. 2 shots in the head, 3 shots in the chest should take care of him just fine.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. localhost

    Sweden's cops could go to London to question him. Cops do that all the time. It's an excuse to get him out of the country.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
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