WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was on Thursday arrested by British police at the Ecuadorean embassy.
Australian-born Assange entered the embassy in 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes.
He has been holed up at the Embassy since then.
“Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador,” police said.
Police said they arrested Assange after being “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorean government’s withdrawal of asylum.”
In 2016, a British judge refused to halt legal proceedings against Assange for jumping bail and fleeing to the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
The ruling left Assange in a legal and diplomatic impasse, with no way out of the embassy where he has lived for almost six years, unless he decided to face the prospect of arrest by British police.
Assange said on Twitter he had three months to appeal the ruling, without specifying whether he would.
He said the judge’s ruling contained “significant factual errors” which he did not spell out.
He further denied the sex crimes against him.