British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Tuesday on a European warrant issued by Sweden, London's Metropolitan Police said.
Swedish prosecutors issued the arrest order for the 39-year-old Australian who is wanted in Sweden on suspicion of committing sexual crimes, which he denies.
His lawyer had earlier arranged to deliver him to British police for questioning in a sex-crimes investigation of the man who has angered Washington by spilling thousands of government secrets on the Internet.
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. Assange has been staying at an undisclosed location in Britain.
"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.
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.
Amid Assange's personal legal troubles, his WikiLeaks site continued to reveal state secrets. (msnbc.com news services)
Comments - 38
Sena2 Tuesday, 07 December 2010 07:45 PM
Assange has truly exposed Britain and USA through WikiLeaks for their double standards. Forget about democracy, they will do every thing possible to destroy the man and take revenge.
Ramzil Tuesday, 07 December 2010 08:17 PM
So much about media freedom and freedom of expression.
Jay Ranaweera Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:22 PM
U R an insult to REAL KANDYANS!!!
Where the hell do u see media freedom been silenced in Sri Lanka???
Sanji Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:31 PM
Where is the evidence ? Hasnt been convicted yet
kasun Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:37 AM
UK USA where is your top level Democracy ?
Common Man Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:42 AM
Same way Brits must arrest the banned LTTE Terrorists & hand over to Sri Lankan government. Why double standards.
sanus Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:54 AM
Asange will be tried by the US Justice Dept. We thank Asange for exposing the " West" through his Grand Leaks. There are more skeletons in the American and allies cupboards.
KANDYAN Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:55 AM
Trying to silence the media at gun point........similar to SL!!!!!
CJ Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:59 AM
I bet USA & Australia will somehow bring him out. He is an agent of these two rowdy nation.
Rajitha Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:03 AM
Oh dear. Media freedom
MagodisThuma Wednesday, 08 December 2010 01:15 AM
Double Standards...? Because Al-Qaeda is a Bad Terrorist organization & LTTE is a good terrorist organization !.
Fayad Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:04 AM
If you are with USA you can Kill, Rape do what ever you desire grownup with the trend Assange
YURI Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:05 AM
its a clear Sgin of the World's goverments act like MAFFIA. they dont want the people to know the criminalty of their own. Julian is a HERO.
M.R.Percige_Putha Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:09 AM
Guess who is next?Your guess is as good as mine.
Ryan Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:11 AM
Latest info reveals that US,UK armies were with Polpot Khmerrouge against Communist Vietnam. Therefore immediate crime investigations ahould be started against US, UK army and govts .
TMA Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:19 AM
What's wrong with arresting a rapist?
looney Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:22 AM
i dont hear anyone barking for meadia freedom. end of the day "money talks". thats the reality.
Fayad Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:28 AM
well said !!
mahesh Wednesday, 08 December 2010 02:38 AM
truth is truth. no one can hide it.
ajith Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:31 AM
He should be awarded a Nobel Prize for "Exposing truth of the plunders"
chan Wednesday, 08 December 2010 02:47 AM
If he was arrested in Sri Lanka, there will be lot of protests in front of Colombo railway station. There will be slogans saying "Laggai".
Dickman Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:39 AM
Good! This guys is doing what JJ and Karu and Tamils are doing to the SL Gov.
karu Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:46 AM
I wonder whether the Brits would arrest Adelle Balasingham (who is recorded on video, garlanding LTTE girl cadres with cyanide capsules), if the S.L. govt. make a formal request?
ind Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:47 AM
That is called "WESTERN MEDIA FREEDOM" What a joke !!!!
knight Rider Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:56 AM
while he leaks the world is getting insecure.
Lanke Banda Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:56 AM
5 Star Democracy in action Folks.
Cobra Tuesday, 07 December 2010 12:00 PM
Nothing wrong in arresting a rapist, its only that the rape charges mysteriously comes out when he has to be stopped for other reasons. Its just like the SF issue!!!!
Wimal_Modawansa Tuesday, 07 December 2010 12:51 PM
Agreed.Rapist and murderers should be arrested .
Prophet John Tuesday, 07 December 2010 12:58 PM
The charge is that, he didn't use a safe sex method. He is not charged for a rape, because the girl admits that they did it with each other's mutual consent.
Rishi Tuesday, 07 December 2010 01:29 PM
if thats the case most of our parlimentarians should be in jail for either rape, drug dealing or murder.
weha Tuesday, 07 December 2010 01:34 PM
what goes around comes around.
Man B Tuesday, 07 December 2010 01:49 PM
where is Media Freedom?
carlos Wednesday, 08 December 2010 06:12 AM
Why sweden?. we sri lankans remember still how you swedes played stooge to the us n uk. whats teh charge? Good thing no boys were involved in all this. come on CIA get your act together, how about some drugs planted on the guy?. would like to see some cables about the LTTE from the western countries. anyone who has leads how to go and read some of this please post it here so we can all see
carlos Wednesday, 08 December 2010 06:15 AM
Thats the problem,SL govt never makes any formal requests from freezing tiger money in Switzerland to Adelle Balasingham, FIRST IT HAS TO GO TO COURT HERE AND THEN A RULING OR JUDGEMENT IS MADE AND THEN ONE HAS TO APPLY TO THE COUNTRY CONCERNED TO CARRY OUT THE ORDER> LIKE SWDEN DID
demon Tuesday, 07 December 2010 03:16 PM
good question...i am with Julian Assange...
Nandimithra. Tuesday, 07 December 2010 03:48 PM
No difference - arrest him on any charge like our dear general SF and preach to us about democracy and free speech - typical western double standards.
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