Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange Arrested In London

Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum.
Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum. Victoria Jones / AP Photo
Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum.
Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum. Victoria Jones / AP Photo

Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange Arrested In London

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British authorities at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The arrest comes as the United States has unsealed an indictment charging Assange with conspiring with former U.S. intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to hack a computer as part of the release of classified American documents in 2010. Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012 in order to avoid extradition to Sweden for sexual assault charges. That case has since been dropped, though it could be reopened. The warrant for today’s arrest resulted from Assange’s earlier “failure to appear” in court in connection with the sexual assault case. Police were able to enter the Ecuadorian Embassy after the Ecuadorian government withdrew Assange’s asylum status. The U.K. must now decide whether to extradite assange to the United States. Robert Mackey, a senior writer for The Intercept, joins Worldview to discuss the unfolding drama and what the Assange case teaches us about government transparency.