'The Daily Show' recaps WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's embarrassing arrest

'The Daily Show' recaps WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's embarrassing arrest

'The Daily Show' recaps WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's embarrassing arrest

But within 60 days from Thursday, when British police bundled Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he had taken refuge seven years ago, US authorities must submit a formal request outlining all the legal charges Assange would face if he is transferred into USA custody.

After Assange was arrested and dragged into a police van in the British capital, American officials unsealed an indictment against him for computer hacking as part of his WikiLeaks whistleblowing activities.

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange could face a renewed investigation into an allegation of rape in Sweden.

He spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he sought political asylum in 2012 when he failed in his legal battle against extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted over two separate allegations - one of rape and one of molestation.

"If the Swedish government wants to come forward with those charges, I believe that Assange should face the criminal justice system", said Abbott, who added that the arrest was politically motivated as WikiLeaks has published enormous tranches of sensitive military information.

"It is therefore of grave concern to us that it appears that the Swedish authorities were not aware of the plans made to arrest Mr Assange yesterday in London, and we would welcome clarity as to what action the United Kingdom authorities took to ensure that the Swedish prosecutors were informed in advance of this decision", it adds.

CNN is reporting the Justice Department is expected to bring additional charges against Assange.

After his dramatic arrest, Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court and found guilty of a British charge of breaching bail.

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However, relations with his Ecuadoran hosts gradually soured and pro-US President Lenin Moreno on Thursday pulled his asylum, cancelled his citizenship and permitted British police to remove Assange. The allegation of rape has a limitation period which expires in August 2020 under Swedish law.

The 47-year-old's Swedish lawyer, Per E Samuelson, told local media it would be "highly unlikely" Assange would face a Swedish courtroom, and that the US's extradition request would trump Sweden's.

Mr Assange has always denied the allegations. "We extradite most people to the USA".

British politicians are free to lobby the government for a certain course of action, but it's up to the courts to decide whether the USA request for Assange's extradition - and a possible future request from Sweden - should be honored.

The charge carries a prison term of up to five years.

At Thursday's hearing, judge Michael Snow described Assange as a "narcissist" and said he could consent to the extradition and "get on with your life". He also sought refuge because of fears that Sweden would ultimately extradite him to the U.S.

In a statement issued on Friday, his legal team confirmed he would resist the extradition that sets a "dangerous precedent where any journalist could face USA charges for publishing truthful information about the United States".

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