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In Pictures: Julian Assange through the years

The WikiLeaks founder spent almost seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy.

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Julian Assange (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Julian Assange (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Julian Assange (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Metropolitan Police officers have arrested Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London after the country’s government withdrew his asylum.

The WikiLeaks founder spent almost seven years at the embassy after seeking refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden.

The 47-year-old had refused to leave the embassy, claiming he would be extradited to the US for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.

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Media outside the Ecuadorian embassy on Thursday (John Stillwell/PA)

Media outside the Ecuadorian embassy on Thursday (John Stillwell/PA)

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Media outside the Ecuadorian embassy on Thursday (John Stillwell/PA)

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Assange leaving City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in February 2010 (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Assange leaving City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in February 2010 (Lewis Whyld/PA)

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Assange leaving City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in February 2010 (Lewis Whyld/PA)

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Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation in August 2010 (Bertil Ericson /TT News Agency/AP)

Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation in August 2010 (Bertil Ericson /TT News Agency/AP)

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Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation in August 2010 (Bertil Ericson /TT News Agency/AP)

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Assange arriving at Beccles Police Station in Suffolk later that year (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Assange arriving at Beccles Police Station in Suffolk later that year (Lewis Whyld/PA)

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Assange arriving at Beccles Police Station in Suffolk later that year (Lewis Whyld/PA)

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Assange at a press conference at the home of Frontline Club founding member Vaughan Smith, at Bungay, England, in December 2010 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Assange at a press conference at the home of Frontline Club founding member Vaughan Smith, at Bungay, England, in December 2010 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

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Assange at a press conference at the home of Frontline Club founding member Vaughan Smith, at Bungay, England, in December 2010 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

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Assange outside the Royal Courts of Justice after a successful bail appeal in December 2010 (Peter Macdiarmid/PA)

Assange outside the Royal Courts of Justice after a successful bail appeal in December 2010 (Peter Macdiarmid/PA)

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Assange outside the Royal Courts of Justice after a successful bail appeal in December 2010 (Peter Macdiarmid/PA)

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Assange, pictured here in February 2011, was accused by the the Ecuadorian government of ‘repeated violations’ of ‘international conventions and daily-life protocols’ (Yui Mok/PA)

Assange, pictured here in February 2011, was accused by the the Ecuadorian government of ‘repeated violations’ of ‘international conventions and daily-life protocols’ (Yui Mok/PA)

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Assange, pictured here in February 2011, was accused by the the Ecuadorian government of ‘repeated violations’ of ‘international conventions and daily-life protocols’ (Yui Mok/PA)

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Assange with his ankle security tag at a house near Bungay in June 2011 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Assange with his ankle security tag at a house near Bungay in June 2011 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

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Assange with his ankle security tag at a house near Bungay in June 2011 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

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Assange addresses the media in February 2016 (Yui Mok/PA)

Assange addresses the media in February 2016 (Yui Mok/PA)

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Assange addresses the media in February 2016 (Yui Mok/PA)

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A demonstrator outside the Ecuadorian embassy (Alastair Grant/AP)

A demonstrator outside the Ecuadorian embassy (Alastair Grant/AP)

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A demonstrator outside the Ecuadorian embassy (Alastair Grant/AP)

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