Julian Assange appeared to resist Scotland Yard’s effort to haul him out of the Embassy as he gesticulated and shouted to the camera his last message to the UK. The WikiLeaks founder could be heard screaming “UK must resist” moments before he was pushed by police officers into a Scotland Yard van. At the news of his arrest, WikiLeaks tweeted: “URGENT: Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago.”
In a video posted on Twitter, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said: “Ecuador is a generous country and a nation with open arms.
“Ours is a government respectful of the principles of international law, and of the institution of the right of asylum.
“Getting or withdrawing asylum is a sovereign right of the Ecuadorian state, according to international law.
“Today, I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behaviour of Mr Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organisation, against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.
“Ecuador sovereignly has decided to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr Assange in 2012.
“For six years and ten months, the Ecuadorian people have protected the human rights of Mr Asaange and have provided for his everyday needs at the facilities for our Embassy in London.
“When I became President of Ecuador I inherited this situation and decided to adopt a protocol to set the daily life tules at the embassy which is less than anyone may expect from a guest hosted at his own house.
“Ecuador has fulfilled its obligations in the framework of international law.
“On the other hand, Mr Assange violated repeatedly, clear cut provisions of the conventions on diplomatic asylum of Havana and Caracas; despite the fact that he was requested on several occasions to respect and abide by these rules.”
Mr Assange, 47, had spent almost seven years at the embassy after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden.
Julian Assange was arrested on a warrant “issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court” according to Scotland Yard.
The statement continued: “He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible.
“The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”