US asks to extradite Julian Assange over leaked state secrets after he was arrested and forcibly removed from Ecuador's London embassy

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has been charged with conspiracy to hack classified US government information after a dramatic arrest in London on Thursday morning.

The Department of Justice laid out charges against Assange linked to his activities with former US soldier Chelsea Manning, with whom he leaked a huge trove of state secrets in 2010.

US authorities requested Assange's extradition on Thursday, hours after British police officers entered Ecuador's embassy in London, where Assange had been sheltered for almost seven years.

The arrest took place after Ecuador revoked Assange's political asylum, alleging a litany of bad behavior during his long stay.

The Department of Justice on Thursday alleged that Assange "engaged in a conspiracy" with former Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, to hack into Department of Defense computers. He faces up to five years in prison if found guilty.

WikiLeaks was involved in publishing sensitive US military documents from Chelsea Manning in 2010 and Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The London Metropolitan Police entered Ecuador's diplomatic base in West London on Thursday morning and took Assange into custody.

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Sad day! I doubt that personally that in meeting Assange I would have liked the fellow but I appreciate his involvement with Wikileaks. Exposing the deep dark secrets of what different gov't agencies and actors do takes committed souls who are hunted and like Snowden who lost his U.S. citizenship give up their liberty and freedoms.

O gave Manning his/her freedom. Wikileaks provided the capability to submit info to them. I honestly do not think Assange convinced Manning to steal documents. That Mr/Ms Manning did on his/her own.

I read thousands of the Podesta email dumps -- what I read convinced me that Clinton Campaign folks, HC et al should be behind bars.

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