WikiLeaks editor-in-chief and public face Julian Assange has been arrested by British police after an Interpol warrant for his capture was issued. However, the arrest does not (overtly at least) relate to any WikiLeaks leaked data, but instead on suspicison of rape.
The Swedish police force charged Assange “rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion,” leading Assange to turn himself into a UK police station at 9.30 am GMT, according to Sky News.
City of Westminster’s magistrates court have stated he must appear before the court by 12.30pm GMT, unless the judge offers him a later hearing.
Despite Assange’s arrest, it will be business as usual at WikiLeaks HQ though. “Today’s actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won’t affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal,” reads a tweet from the WikiLeaks feed.
Their spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson has also stated that the site will continue to release cables. There is even the possibility that an encryption code for the entire remaining cache of cables will be publically released, as has been previously threatened should Assange ever be arrested.
We’ll have more news on this as it comes in.
UPDATE: Assange has now appeared in court, but has been denied bail. He will remain in custody until December 14th.