Early on April 11 U.S. time, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and arrested. According to NBC, the arrest came at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, who will seek Assange’s extradition on charges of hacking into U.S. government computers. Those charges stem from Assange and WikiLeaks’ role in distributing material obtained from U.S. military files by whistleblower Chelsea Manning. That material provided important insight into American actions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including documentation of the killing of Iraqi and Afghan civilians.
Assange also appears to face charges for failing to appear in British court in relation to sexual assault charges in Sweden. The charges in Sweden have since been dropped, though Swedish prosecutors maintain Assange’s guilt.