Police arrest Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London
London (CNN)Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday morning, arresting Julian Assange and bringing the WikiLeaks founder’s seven-year stint there to a dramatic close.
Metropolitan Police said in a statement that he was “further arrested” on his arrival at a London police station on behalf of United States authorities, who have issued an extradition warrant.
The UK Home Office confirmed the extradition request in a statement, adding, “He is accused in the United States of America of computer-related offences.”
President Trump on Saturday suggested that he was speaking sarcastically when he said in the run-up to the 2016 election that he hoped Russia found Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.
Trump’s remark at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) prompted a chant of “Lock her up” from attendees at the event in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington.
Even by the dramatic standards of the Mueller investigation, it was a bombshell moment when, on Tuesday, The Guardian’s Luke Harding and Dan Collyns reported that Paul Manafort met repeatedly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy, including around the time Manafort became chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.