Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was granted asylum by the country of Ecuador in the summer of 2012. Assange was facing criminal charges in a number of countries including the United States, The UK and Sweden. He stood protected from those charges by nature of the asylum.
Ecuadorian officials removed that protection this week. President Lenin Moreno said Assange was being evicted due to, “his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.” Almost immediately after being evicted, the Wikileaks founder was arrested by UK officials.
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British officials had a 2012 warrant out on Assange for bail-jumping. As the Ecuadorian embassy was located in London, they will be the first country able to interrogate him.
US officials will almost certainly look to do the same. Assange has been a target for the Justice Department since releasing damaging documents to the country in 2010.
Assange will also be questioned about his role and Wikileaks’ role in influencing the 2016 election. While he admits to working to hurt Hillary Clinton, Assange has claimed that he was not working with Russia. He told Sean Hannity in 2017, “Our source is not a state party. So the answer — for our interactions — is no.”
The US still plans on speaking with the Wikileaks founder. In 2018, their intentions to arrest Assange were accidentally leaked. There was little to no more information given on the potential arrest. Prosecutors said at the time, “The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.”