London, April 12: The British police dragged Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy here on Thursday after Ecuador abruptly revoked his seven-year asylum, paving the way for his extradition to the U.S. for involvement in one of the biggest-ever leaks of classified information.
The frail-looking WikiLeaks founder, with white hair and a long beard, was carried head first out of the Ecuadorian embassy by at least seven men to a waiting police van, after shouting “This is unlawful, I’m not leaving.”
Appearing before a London court, Mr. Assange said he was not guilty of failing to surrender to court in 2012, but his lawyer said Mr. Assange would not give evidence. Minutes later, the judge convicted him of skipping bail. He will be sentenced later.
U.S. prosecutors said they had charged Mr. Assange with conspiracy in trying to access a classified U.S. government computer with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London after Ecuador revokes asylum