Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK after Ecuador reportedly withdrew asylum.
As NBC News reports, Assange, 47, had been living at the embassy for nearly 7 years, and has been under investigation for alleged rape and sexual assault in Sweden since 2012, when he reportedly skipped bail and sought asylum from Ecuador to avoid being extradited to Sweden.
Video obtained by the New York Post shows Assange being dragged by authorities into a police van outside the embassy.
According to the New York Post, Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson said in a statement on Twitter Thursday that her client had been “arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request.”
In addition to the warrant for his arrest from British authorities, the U.S. issued a warrant for Assange’s arrest in December 2017, Robinson said on Twitter, on allegations that he published sensitive government information, allegedly leaked by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, to Wikileaks several years earlier.
According to the NBC News report, British authorities confirmed they have issued an extradition warrant, and the U.S. is also seeking Assange’s extradition to the U.S. to face federal charges.
As he was being taken into custody, Assange reportedly said, “You must resist. You can resist … the U.K. must resist.”
He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
[Feature image: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file]