A lawyer for whistleblower Julian Assange has confirmed that he has been arrested partly in relation to a request for extradition from the United States.
Writing on Twitter, Jen Robinson said Assange’s arrest in London was “not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request.
In a further tweet, Robinson said the US warrant “was issued in in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning” in early 2010.
WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account also tweeted that Assange has been arrested “for extradition to the United States for publishing.”
It was in 2010 that Assange released the classified US military footage known as ‘Collateral Murder’ of a US Apache helicopter gunship opening fire and killing 12 people, including two Reuters staff.
The footage had been provided to WikiLeaks by US Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who was later tried by a US tribunal and sentenced to 35 years in prison.