Julian Assange arrested in London

By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Nick Thompson, Brian Ries and Veronica Rocha, CNN
4:00 p.m. ET, April 11, 2019
6:04 a.m. ET, April 11, 2019

UK Home Secretary: "No one is above the law"

From CNN’s Gianluca Mezzofiore in London

Moments after news of Julian Assange's arrest broke, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted thanks to Ecuador for their cooperation.

6:02 a.m. ET, April 11, 2019

First image of Assange arrest

The first photographs showing the arrest of Julian Assange in central London on Thursday have started to cross.

5:59 a.m. ET, April 11, 2019

More details emerge around Assange's arrest

Here's the full statement from London's Metropolitan Police on the arrest of Assange:

Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.
He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as is possible.
The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates' Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum.

5:59 a.m. ET, April 11, 2019

BREAKING: Julian Assange has been arrested

Julian Assange, the 47-year-old WikiLeaks founder, has been arrested in London.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed Assange's arrest on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Assange had been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London in 2012 while wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations in Sweden.

The Swedish case may have since been shelved but he was still wanted by British authorities for jumping bail.

Assange maintained his innocence and claimed the charges were nothing more than an attempt to extradite him to the United States.