United States seeks extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange

Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on May 19, 2017. (Bloomberg pic)

LONDON: The United States has requested the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, British police said, after they arrested him at the Ecuadorean embassy in London on Thursday.

“Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10:53 am after his arrival at a central London police station,” the police said.

“This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as possible.”