WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange arrested (UPDATED)

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julian-assange-thumb.jpgWikiLeaks 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.

Gerald Lynch

4 comments

  • He is a terrible person, I’m not even sure why he does it. But if you are going to arrest him find a decent reason.

  • Hahaha he’s obviously been set up for this rape thing, Its completely retarded if he actually gets persecuted for this, to be honest I dont see how the release of the cables puts anyone at massive risk from attacks from terrorists, I don’t think that terrorists will be able to use any of that data effectively, I bet most of the guys who actually do the deed will be able to comprehend the cables but then again they dont think for themslelves do they?

  • Supprising, a guy goes against the world governments and then he is arrested of something that there doesnt need to be any proof of. Not saying he didnt do it, but it does look a bit suspect to me.

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