London’s Metropolitan Police said Thursday that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Embassy of Ecuador on a warrant for failing to surrender to the court.
The 47-year-old “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,” officials said in a statement.
They added that officers were “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum.”
WikiLeaks said on Wednesday that Assange had been subject to an "extensive spying operation" at the embassy.
"What we have established is that security cameras were used to monitor his every move, his every meeting," Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, said at a press conference the site posted on Twitter.
WikiLeaks tweeted last week that Assange could be expelled from the embassy, where he has had been since 2012.
--This breaking news report was last updated at 6:22 a.m.