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“Covert Tactics” Replace Assange Patrol
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“Covert Tactics” Replace Assange Patrol

After three years of 24-hour watch in hope of nabbing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy, London’s police have ended the operation.
The police said it would now use “covert tactics to arrest him.”
The London Metropolitan Police Service said on Monday that it was ending the patrol that began in 2012 after Assange claimed asylum at Quito’s diplomatic station, DW reported.
“Whilst the MPS remains committed to executing the arrest warrant and presenting Julian Assange before the court, it is only right that the policing operation to achieve this is continually reviewed against the diplomatic and legal efforts to resolve the situation,” it said.
“As a result of this continual review, the MPS has today Monday, 12 October, withdrawn the physical presence of officers from outside the Embassy.”
The London police also added that it would “deploy a number of overt and covert tactics to arrest him.”
If arrested, Assange faces deportation to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over rape allegations.
However, three of the four charges were dropped by Swedish prosecutors in August.
Assange fears that extradition to Sweden would result in his transfer to the US to face criminal charges over publishing thousands of secret diplomatic cables.

 

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