Mr Assange, 47, spent almost seven years at the embassy after seeking refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden. The 47-year-old was detained after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum, the Met Police has confirmed. Mr Assange was seen shouting and gesticulating as he was carried out in handcuffs by seven men and put into a waiting Police van shortly after 10am this morning.
The Ecuadorian President claims Mr Assange “violated” international law during his stay.
Mr Moreno said: “Ecuador is a generous country and a nation with open arms.
“Ours is a government respectful of the principles of international law, and of the institution of the right of asylum.
“Getting or withdrawing asylum is a sovereign right of the Ecuadorian state, according to international law.
“Today, I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behaviour of Mr. Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organisation, against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.”
Mr Moreno insists for six years and 10 months “the Ecuadorian people have protected the human rights of Mr Asaange” and “fulfilled its obligations in the framework of international law”.
He added: “On the other hand, Mr Assange violated repeatedly, clear cut provisions of the conventions on diplomatic asylum of Havana and Caracas; despite the fact that he was requested on several occasions to respect and abide by these rules.”
The furious president also claimed Mr Assange “violated the norm of not intervening in the international affairs of other states” and was still in close contact with Wikileaks.
Mr Moreno added: ““He particularly violated the norm of not intervening in the international affairs of other states.
“The most recent incident occurred in January 2019 when wikiLeaks leaked Vatican documents.
“Key members of that organisation visited Mr Assange before and after such illegal acts.
“This and other publications have confirmed the world’s suspicion that Mr Assange is still linked to Wikileaks and therefore involved in interfering in internal affairs of other states.”
Mr Moreno also claims Mr Assange had “accessed security files of our Embassy without permission” and allegedly “confronted and mistreated guard”.
Mr Assange was held on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012 when he failed to surrender to the court.
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 MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”
Home Secretary Sajid Javid praised Ecuador for its “cooperation” and the Met’s “professionalism” and enforced “no one is above the law”.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stated Mr Assange is “no hero” and insisted “it’s right that his future should be decided in the British judicial system”.
Mr Hunt also praised the “very courageous decision” by Mr Moreno but stated the UK will “not making any judgment about Julian Assange’s innocence or guilt”.
Meanwhile WikiLeaks reacted angrily to news of Mr Assange’s arrest labelling it a “violation of international law”.
The organisation wrote on Twitter: “URGENT: Ecuador has illigally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago.”
His arrest comes a day after Wikileaks accused the Ecuadorean Government of an “extensive spying operation”.
WikiLeaks, a whistle-blowing website, claimed meetings with lawyers and a doctor inside the embassy over the past year were secretly filmed.