LONDON (WWLP) - Police in London have stormed the Ecuadorian embassy, threatening to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange if he leaves the building.
The government of Ecuador decided Thursday morning to give political asylum to the Australian, who is wanted for extradition to Sweden on sex charges. Sweden and Britain have both condemned the Ecuadorian government's decision.
Assange claims that it is all part of a plot by the United States to punish him for the release of hacked diplomatic cables by his website.
British police entered the embassy building on Thursday morning, and two officers stood guard at the door.
As news spread of a possible attempt to arrest Assange, protesters began to gather on the sidewalk and the police presence increased.
At least one demonstrator was detained.
He was heard shouting, "Freedom of speech!" and "Leave Assange alone!"
Assange says that he is worried he will be sent to the United States, to face charges that carry the death penalty.
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