Julian Assange has been in the embassy in central London since mid-2012 after seeking refuge following a British judge ruling he should be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations which later were dropped. Mr Assange remained in the embassy, fearing extradition to the US to face charges over WikiLeaks’ release of sensitive government documents. He is likely to be arrested as soon as he exits the embassy.
Earlier this week Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno claimed Assange has “repeatedly violated” the conditions of his asylum. A top Ecuadorian official however denied WikiLeaks’ claim and said no decision had been taken to expel the Australian. Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry has refused to comment on the claims Julian Assange will be extradited. A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: “It’s obviously a matter for the Ecuadorian government.” A crowd sustains Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Police presence outside the embassy has increased.