The US is now officially calling on the UK to hand over contested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The 47-year-old was expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London on April 11, where he has been imprisoned since 2012, after Ecuador granted him political asylum – the subject of a recent US government extradition request, A US official, allegedly anonymous by the Associated Press, accused him of soliciting and publishing confidential information and of teaming up with former army personnel Chelsea Manning to crack a computer password from the Department of Defense.
The indictment, which includes charges of espionage, was filed last month by the Department of Justice and is pending before the Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia.
Sweden also asks him to challenge an alleged rape that Assange has denied.
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Assange was arrested by the British police after his clearance in April and is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence for bail.
WikiLeaks, the Assange-based anti-secrecy organization for which it has released several secret US military cables related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has previously condemned the Ecuadorian and British governments for its detention.
"This man is a son, a father, a brother, he has won dozens of journalist awards, and since 2010 he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year," it said in a April tweet. "Powerful actors, including the CIA, are trying to dehumanize, delegitimize and imprison him."
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Edward Snowden, the infiltratorically high-profile NSA leaked information, tweeted Assange's arrest would "go down in history".
British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt thanked the Ecuadorian government for their cooperation with the arrest of Assange, while Prime Minister Theresa May proved that "no one is there" above the law.
The extradition request had been awaited since the US authorities first announced a lawsuit against Assange.
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Last month he shared A British court said he would refuse to be sent to the US
A video link from a jail in London said he would not "indulge in extradition for journalism, which has won many awards and protected many people"
Ryan Gaydos, Lukas Mikelionis and Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.