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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Wanted By Interpol For 'Sex Crimes'

Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder has definitely been in the news lately, first by publishing 250,000 plus illegally obtained diplomatic cables in what is considered to be the biggest military leak in history, jeopardizing countless lives and intelligence communities across the world. (Recap on that here, here and here)

Yesterday Assange was added to the worldwide wanted list by Interpol for "sex crimes", stemming from accusations from two women of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in Sweden, back in August. (Source)

The allegations against Mr Assange surfaced in August when two women in Sweden went to police with complaints they had been sexually assaulted.

The Swedish authorities issued an international warrant for his arrest last month.

Interpol, the international police co-operation agency, posted a "red notice" on its website yesterday stating that Mr Assange was wanted for sex crimes by the public prosecutor in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Anyone with information about him is asked to contact their national or local police.

Interpol's red notices allow international arrest warrants to be circulated to police forces worldwide.

(Screen shot from Interpol Site, dated 12/01/10)

Assange has denied the charges but has not turned himself over to Swedish authorities.

Recently Assange walked out on an interview with CNN after being questioned about the assault charges. (video below)


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