Snowden tweeted a link to the video of Assange being taken into the police custody after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
" Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the UK's secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of--like it or not--award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange's critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom," his tweet read.
Assange was arrested earlier in the day in London in connection with the INA paper leaks.
" Julian Assange acted for the cause of the freedom and independence of France by revealing aggressive practices against us. The honour of our country must be to grant him political asylum at a time when his freedom is threatened," Sputnik quoted Melenchon as saying.
The INA papers are the cache of documents published in February 2019, allegedly uncovering the operations of INA Investment Corp., an offshore tax haven created by the brother of Ecuadorian President.
Assange had repeatedly suggested that he might be apprehended outside the embassy and extradited to the United States.
Over the past months, the Ecuadorian authorities were reportedly putting various restrictions on the conditions of Assange's stay in the embassy, which the whistleblower's defence termed as violation of human rights.
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