Julian Assange 'Safety Fears' As 'White Powdery Substance' Delivered-To Embassy
Wikileaks founder has suspicious package delivered
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been delivered a package to the London Ecuadorian embassy which contained a strange ‘white powdery substance,’ according to police reports.
Assange, who has been held in the embassy for the past five-and-a-half years because of fears he would've extradited to the United States, confirmed on his Twitter account that he has received the suspicious package.
“I can confirm that a package containing an unknown white powdery substance and a threat was addressed to my name. It was handed to UK diplomatic police. I understand they are performing toxicology and forensics,” Assange Tweeted.
Assange lost his appeal to have his arrest warrant dropped leaving him trapped inside the London's Ecuadorian embassy. the whistleblower, who is now entering his sixth year in the embassy, had anticipated that his arrest warrant would be dropped because it had "lost its purpose and function" is now no longer wanted by Swedish authorities over "rape" accusations.
RT reports: Kensington and Chelsea police also confirmed that Assange had received a package and that they are investigating the incident.
Having examined the package police said that it was “assessed by specialist officers and deemed to be non-suspicious. There are no injuries and this incident has now been stood down.”
I can confirm that a package containing an unknown white powdery substance and a threat was addressed to my name. It was handed to UK diplomatic police. I understand they are performing toxicology and forensics. https://t.co/s0F2aCBSAS?— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) February 6, 2018
Omg. Awful. Be well, stay strong. Very many people of the world are on your side.— Cassandra (@yes_that_dolly) February 6, 2018
So sorry. Totally unacceptable.. Be Safe— Susan Briggs (@sdrol1) February 6, 2018
Hope you are safe and unharmed.— Virtual Me (@RealVirtualMe) February 6, 2018
Police attended the Ecuadorian Embassy in SW1 following reports of a small suspicious package. The item was assessed by specialist officers and deemed to be non-suspicious. There are no injuries and this incident has now been stood down.
The threatening package was received the same day Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a bid by Assange, who was was made an Ecuadorian citizen in December, to have an arrest warrant against him for breaching bail conditions dropped.
A further ruling to have the warrant lifted on “public interest grounds” is due for February 13.
Assange, 46, absconded in 2012 to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault and rape. He has consistently denied the allegations. Swedish prosecutors have since dropped those charges.