Julian Assange's arrest raises question of what happened to James the cat

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday, leaving just one question - what happened to his cat James?

In 2016, Assange was given the feline companion to help him pass time while he was in asylum at London's Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has been holed up since 2012.

The pair's adventures were recorded on the Embassy Cat Instagram, which captured everything from the cat attacking a picture of United States President Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, to it snuggling with Assange.

According to its account, it is interested in "counter-purrveillance".

But now that Assange has left the building, social media has put into a whirlwind speculating the cat's future.

"Really need to know what happened to Julian Assange's cat," said one Twitter user, while another said: "I can't help it if I keep worrying who will look after Julian Assange's cat."

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the cat, as well as the ties it enjoyed wearing, was given away because Assange wanted it to live a healthier life. People reports it is now being looked after by friends of Assange.

The 47-year-old Australian now faces extradition to the United States, where he is accused of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

He will next appear at the Westminster Magistrates Court on May 2.


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