Yellow vest protesters stand outside Ecuador's embassy in London last week. File picture: Simon Dawson/Reuters

London - Police in London say they've arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012.  

In a statement Thursday, police said Assange has been taken into "custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as is possible."

Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. File picture: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Assange hasn't left the embassy since August 2012 for fear that if he steps off Ecuador's diplomatic soil he will be arrested and extradited to the US for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

AP