Early in the morning of Thursday 11, 2019, Londoners were shocked to read in the news that Julian Assange, the famous Wikileaks founder has been arrested by the UK security officials. Assange who was declared wanted by the Swiss court, having placed a rape charge on him in 2012, which was later dropped, has been on a political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past seven years.
Although, many anaalysts have been speculating in the past weeks of his imminent expulsion from the embassy and subsequent arrest. Today’s event captured by the lenses of the press was a “sad day” said a supporter of Assange; we saw the lonely look of a man who is seen championing press freedom.
Assange who was seen being dragged out of the embassy into a waiting police van by some plain clothed officials, created a heavily encrypted news platform called WikiLeaks so-called whistleblowers to publicize what they believe the authorities are doing behind the scene which the public need to know. although some western government sees this as a bad idea and branded his activities and revelations as damaging to their intelligence activities.
When Mr. George Galloway heard of Assange’s arrest, he said a great crime has been committed against the Wikileaks founder, insisting the Ecuadorian & UK govt should feel ashamed of such action.
Mr. Galloway was reported to have expressed his great surprise that his friend has been arrested and said a great crime has been committed against Julian Assange.
Although, the UK government have had police officers guarding for the past six years, being on alert around the Ecuadorian embassy where Julian Assange was given refuge, hoping he will eventually come out and be arrested and taken to court on charges of jumping the bail he was granted during an extradition hearing.
Shame on the Ecuadorian government, shame on the British government and shame on those that let this happen.
Assange who today was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last seven years, was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government during the tenure of former president, Eva Morales, but since the new president was sworn in, there have been changes in his relationship with Mr. Assange on many fronts.
He was denied internet access, he had to start paying for his own care, washing his laundries, etc, by the new government under new Ecuador’s president Moreno who withdrew his granted asylum. Mr. Galloway insists there was no reason other than undue pressure was most certainly put on Moreno to act on the longstanding issue.