LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– It’s a mistake that happens quite often, but University of Kentucky police have had to clarify that they were not the arresting agency of Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks.
Police in the United Kingdom took the controversial figure into custody at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Though the initials are the same, the two police jurisdictions are over 4,000 miles apart.
UK police took to Twitter to defend themselves from an accusation that they were the arresting agency in the international news story.
I was believing in freedom of speech until @UKPolice arrested @DefendAssange @assange this is not giving us liberty to publish the useful information. I hope @US and @UK will never ever condemn africa over the freedom of speech. this is a shame. @realDonaldTrump @theresa_may pic.twitter.com/u2mfR9xRN5
— Léonce Uwitonze (@LUwitonze) April 11, 2019
“You are mistaken. We did not arrest this individual, as our jurisdiction limits us to Kentucky. In these parts, UK stands for University of Kentucky.
#wrongtwitterhandle #thanksforthetag,” reads the Tweet.
— UK Police (@UKPolice) April 15, 2019