June 20, 2012- On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police in London said that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is subject to being arrested after attempting to seek asylum in the Ecuador embassy in Britain. During 2010, Assange was arrested by police in Britain because authorities in Sweden want to question him with regard to allegations of sexual molestation and rape.
Conditions of his current bail included remaining at a supporter’s home outside London. On Tuesday night, police in London were notified that Assange had breached his bail condition. Under those conditions, said police, he is now subject to being arrested.
Members of WikiLeaks said that Assange is inside the Ecuadorian Embassy and had formally asked for asylum. He has fought in court for over 18 months against being returned to Sweden. Two women have accused him of sexual assault.
The embassy released an online statement that said Assange’s request for asylum should not be interpreted as the Ecuadoran government interfering with any judicial processes. While Assange has waited for word from the courts, he has hosted a show for Russian TV. He has interviewed a number of important personalities on the show, including Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador. On Tuesday, Correa made it clear that Assange is seeking asylum and has not been invited to Ecuador.