WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested by London Police at Ecuadorian Embassy

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Manning, who had access to the computers, downloaded thousands of classified records to transmit to WikiLeaks in one of the largest breaches of classified information in USA history.

Hillary Clinton said Thursday that Julian Assange - whose organization, WikiLeaks, played a damaging role in her 2016 electoral defeat - needs to "answer for what he has done".

He had been holed up there since 2012, after Ecuador granted him asylum.

A collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday in Ecuador while trying to flee to Japan, the South American country's interior minister said.

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The U.S. Justice Department announced that it is seeking extradition so that the 47-year-old Australian national can face a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to help break a password to a classified U.S. government computer.

While Prime Minister Scott Morrison says any extradition plans have "nothing to do with Australia", Foreign Minister Marise Payne has responded to fears from Assange's supporters over his possible punishment in the US, saying Australia is "completely opposed to the death penalty".

"The extradition of Julian Assange to the USA for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government", Jeremy Corbyn warned on Twitter hours after Assange's arrest.

Signs of support for Assange emerged in his home country on Friday, where about 30 people marched in central Sydney after gathering outside the British Consulate and calling for the release of a figure they regard as a crusader for truth, and freedom of speech.

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On May 2, he will appear in a London court via video regarding the extradition request.

Moment Julian Assange is CARRIED out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

"It will be a matter for the legal system to proceed, he should receive the support any other Australian citizens should receive", the opposition leader told reporters. "He will be getting the same treatment that any other Australian would get in those circumstances", Morrison said.

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