LONDON — British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Tuesday on a European warrant issued by Sweden.
Swedish prosecutors issued the arrest order for the 39-year-old Australian who is wanted on suspicion of committing sexual crimes, which he denies.
Assange was arrested at 9:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) Tuesday and was due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrate's Court later in the day, London's Metropolitan Police said.
Assange has been hiding out at an undisclosed location in Britain since WikiLeaks began publishing hundreds of U.S. diplomatic cables online last month.
The organization's room to maneuver has been narrowing by the day. It has been battered by Web attacks, cut off by Internet service providers and is the subject of a criminal investigation in the United States, where officials say the release jeopardized national security and diplomatic efforts around the world.
Assange's lawyer had earlier arranged to deliver him to British police for questioning in the sex-crimes investigation.
Lawyer Mark Stephens told reporters in London that London's Metropolitan Police had called him to say they had received an arrest warrant from Sweden for Assange.
"We are in the process of making arrangements to meet with the police by consent in order to facilitate the taking of that question and answer that is needed," Stephens said Monday.
Assange is wanted on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in Sweden, and the case could lead to his extradition.
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decemvre Romania. December 07 2010 19:53. Posts 639
Could you put a summary and some more information into the OP? I am just browsing at work and cannot open any site from here. Also, since you are a new member to TL: Before making a thread, you may read the rules and put some more effort into it.
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Marradron Netherlands. December 07 2010 20:09. Posts 1551
Mehh really don't know what to think of this. It's either he did it and thought he could get away with it cause 'the goverments want him !' or its actually a sceme of the goverments. This is gonna be debated either way
FindingPride United States. December 07 2010 20:09. Posts 1001
On December 07 2010 19:59 Aelfric wrote: "The 39-year-old Australian is wanted on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in Sweden, and the case could lead to his extradition. " Nice way to keep him stay close.
Coercion- * He talked the girls into sex * So It was became consensual rape/sexual molestation? can we get a lawyer to explain this?
What? I hope this is some sick and gross misunderstanding, which only escalated because of some crazy sensationalistic journalism, or whatever.. It just reeks of staging.. Even though I'm usually extremely skeptic about the usual 5th grade conspiracy theories, this one got me to comment bah.
Keep on trucking Assanger, the truth is out there!