Wikileaks founder on rape charge
It's not been a good time in recent months for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after the publication of a series of secret documents about the war in Afghanistan that's had the Pentagon up in arms. Now Swedish authorities have issued an arrest warrant on accusations of rape and molestation.
The warrant, which was issued on Friday, comes with no details but Assange, in a message on Twitter, said the accusations were "without basis", "deeply disturbing" and that he had been warned to expect "dirty tricks".
Saying that nobody at Wikileaks had been contacted by the Swedish police, it asks the question of whether the accusations are genuine or if there might not be the hand of the Pentagon stirring things up!?
Despite this, Assange has said that in addition to the 75,000 secret military documents Wikileaks has already published, they will be publishing another 15,000 in the coming weeks.
Assange was in Sweden last week to talk about Wikileaks and to defend his decision to publish the secret Afghanistan documents.
Update: It still has not been decided if Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden. The final appeal hearing takes place today at London's High Court. Depending on the outcome of that hearing, the request may be denied or granted. If the ruling goes against Julian Assange, he will face extradition to Sweden within 10 days.
Swedish authorities want to question Mr. Assange over sex crime allegations made by two Swedish women that he denies.Advertisement