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Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been found guilty of breaching his bail in the UK.

Mr Assange was arrested on Thursday night, Australian time, after having his asylum status revoked from the Ecuadorian Embassy.

London police forcibly carried him from the building where he'd been holed up for nearly seven years.

The 47-year-old's Hobart-based legal adviser, Greg Barns, says they'll now fight a separate U-S extradition request.

"It would be a clear breach of his human rights," said Mr Barns.  

"Just as importantly, there's a statement to be made here that Australia does value freedom of speech and will not allow one of its citizens to be subjected to what is clearly a political process on the part of the Trump administration." 

Mr Barns isn't surprised at shocking allegations emerging from Ecuador's government about Assange's conduct during his stay at the embassy, including that he'd smeared feaces on its walls. 

"The current Ecuadorean President is under domestic political pressure and Assange is a useful scapegoat," he said. 

"There's no doubt that his mental and physical health have deteriorated, as you would expect for anyone who's been detained for a period of seven years with no natural light." 

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, 11 April 2019. (EPA/STRINGER)