WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Julian Assange skipped bail and sought asylum inside Ecuador’s London embassy on a summer’s day in 2012 – and a 24-hour police guard was placed outside his diplomatic bolthole by the British state. Nearly seven years later, the stand-off that marooned Mr Assange in a political and judicial no-man’s land came to an abrupt end. Shortly before 10.30am on Thursday, officers from Scotland Yard were formally invited to cross into Ecuadorian territory and placed him under arrest . The sight of a gaunt and bearded Mr Assange, 47, being carried out of the embassy by seven detectives was trumpeted by Government ministers and the WikiLeaks founder’s detractors as hard-won proof that the process of justice will prevail. Cries of betrayal Both the Home Secretary Sajid Javid and the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt took to Twitter to proclaim that “no one is above the law”. But the announcement within two hours that the arrest was also to further an extradition request from Washington for the Australian to face a federal conspiracy charge –related to the publication in 2010 of 700,000 military and diplomatic documents disclosed by the former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning – brought equally forceful cries of betrayal from his supporters. Chelsea Manning, the former US solider jailed for sending military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters) Mr Assange has long insisted that the basis of his decision to jump bail, which originally related to discontinued allegations of sexual assault and rape in Sweden, was the fear that the US government was secretly preparing a case to seek his transfer across the Atlantic and incarcerate him, possibly for life. US prosecutors underlined that the computer misuse charge against Mr Assange – that he induced Ms Manning to break a password to a classified database – attracts a maximum five-year term. As Mr Assange was brought before Westminster Magistrates’ Court and found guilty of breaching that same court’s bail conditions in 2012, it emerged that, as officers had arrested him inside the embassy, he had shouted: “This is unlawful, I am not leaving.” His lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, confirmed during the hearing that he would be contesting the US extradition request. ‘Truman Show-style’ spying In Sweden, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, a lawyer representing the victim of the alleged rape, said she would be pressing for the case to be reopened and seeking Mr Assange’s extradition to Stockholm. Last week, WikiLeaks said it had uncovered an extensive ‘Truman Show-style’ spying operation inside the embassy which had included recording Mr Assange’s conversations with his lawyers. Ecuador’s President, Lenín Moreno, insisted that his nation had “reached its limit” concerning the alleged behaviour of Mr Assange and terminated his asylum status. The country’s charge sheet ranged from ruining the embassy’s wooden floors with his skateboard to the claimed involvement of WikiLeaks in a disclosure of documents alleging corruption against Mr Moreno, whose predecessor had approved Mr Assange’s asylum claim. Mr Moreno said he had been provided with a written assurance from the British Government that Mr Assange “would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty”. Mr Assange was told he faces a potential 12-month jail term for his 2012 breach of bail.