WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was expelled from his hideout in Ecuador's embassy in London Thursday and promptly arrested by London police amid concerns he faces extradition to the US. Assange sported a full beard and slicked-back grey hair.
He saluted the public gallery before giving a thumbs up.
Assange was arrested after Ecuador revoked the political asylum that had kept him holed up at the embassy for almost seven years.
In a statement on Twitter, Assange's lawyer Jen Robinson said she'd had it confirmed to her that his arrest was "not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a USA extradition request".
Mr. Assange has always insisted that the Swedish case was simply a cover for him to be handed over to USA justice officials.
WikiLeaks is an organization that facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information through its website.
If convicted, Assange faces up to five years in prison, the DOJ said in its statement.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked Moreno for breaking the impasse, saying on Twitter that Assange "is no hero and no one is above the law".
In a sovereign decision, Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Assange after his repeated violations to worldwide conventions and daily-life protocols, Moreno said Thursday.
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"He particularly violated the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states", Moreno said.
Ecuador says a person with alleged links to Wikileaks has been arrested while trying to leave the country.
Assange, 47, had taken refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid being extradited to Sweden over a sexual assault case that was later dropped.
Assange claimed that if he was extradited to Sweden he might be arrested by the United States and face charges relating to the publication of hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.
Moreno claimed Assange had been responsible for "repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols".
The Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno confirmed his decision to revoke Assange's asylum status in a video posted to Twitter.
Russian Federation on Thursday slammed Britain's arrest of Assange as a move against democratic freedoms.
Footage from the scene showed a bearded, ponytailed Assange being carried from the embassy by up to seven police, and placed into a waiting van. "No one is above the law", United Kingdom home secretary Sajid Javid said in a Twitter statement.