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WikiLeaks founder up for arrest

A Swedish court has ordered the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is suspected of rape and other sex crimes, allegations he denies.

NBR staff
Fri, 19 Nov 2010

A Swedish court has ordered the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is suspected of rape and other sex crimes, allegations he denies.

The whistle-blowing website has leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including US files on the Iraq war, and the war in Afghanistan raising the ire of US military officials and politicians.

Mr Assange - an Australian - has said he is considering seeking political asylum in Switzerland, which has strong journalist protection laws.

He has previously described the legal process in Sweden, which saw charges laid against him then dropped then laid again, as a “circus”, claiming the allegations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion are part of a plot to discredit him.

His lawyer Bjorn Hurtig has played down talk of a conspiracy against his client.

However, he didn't disclose Mr Assange's whereabouts.

NBR staff
Fri, 19 Nov 2010
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WikiLeaks founder up for arrest
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