For 2,487 days, WikiLeaks cofounder Julian Assange was within touching distance of the British police, but was always untouchable.

Assange was an unintended guest of Ecuador's embassy in London, as he tried to avoid angry governments and accusations of sexual assault and hacking.

But on Thursday that all changed, as Ecuador revoked his political asylum, and then allowed police into the embassy, where he was arrested.

It's a complicated story because there are many allegations across multiple countries. Some have been dropped on technicalities.

This first arrest, dramatically played out in front of the media, was for breaching bail and could mean 12 months in prison.

But Assange was arrested again later at the request of the United States, which wants him extradited.

Is this all about freedom of speech? Or a man hiding from charges against him?

Presenter: Kamahl Santamaria


Michael Patchett-Joyce - barrister in international and European law

Claire Finkelstein - professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Vaughan Smith - freelance journalist and Assange's personal friend

Source: Al Jazeera News