Mr Assange was arrested by police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London this morning. And Mr Hunt took to Twitter today to defend the actions of British police. He said: “Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years.”
He added: “Thank you Ecuador and President Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with the Foreign Office to ensure Assange faces justice.”
The Wikileaks founder was dragged screaming from the embassy.
Mr Assange, 47, who has spent seven years in the building was held by police on a warrange issued by Westminster Magistrates Court on June 29, 2012.
Scotland Yard said: “He 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.”
The police said they had a “duty to execute the warrant” and acted after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum.
The Ecuador president Lenin Moreno said on Twitter: “In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status… after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”
Britain has guaranteed to Ecuador that Mr Assange will not be extradited to a country with the death penalty.
Mr Moreno said: “The British government has confirmed it in writing.”
Ex-president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, who was in charge of the nation when Mr Assange was given asylum, said: “Lenin Moreno, disastrous President of Ecuador, has shown his human misery to the world, handing Julian Assange – not only in asylum, but also an Ecuadorian citizen – to the British police.
“This puts Assange’s life at risk and humiliates Ecuador. World Mourning Day.
“The greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history, Lenin Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London to arrest Assange. Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done now is a crime that humanity will never forget.”