Wikileaks Creator Arrested for Swedish Sexual Assault Allegations
December 7, 2010
London (ChattahBox World News)—Julian Assange voluntarily surrendered to police in London this morning in response to an international warrant for his arrest on allegations of sexual assault in Sweden. The Wikileaks founder insists that all sexual relations with his two female accusers were consensual, but the Swedish charges say that “the encounters may have involved unlawful coercion and even rape,” the L.A. Times reports.
Assange’s lawyers will most likely ask for his release on bail while they fight attempts to extradite him to Sweden to face the sexual assault allegations. That legal wrangling could take months for Assange, who is Australian, the L.A. Times notes.
Attorneys for Assange are concerned that extradition to Sweden could enable American authorities to easily extradite him to the U.S. if prosecutors ever decide to charge him with offenses related to the Wikileaks releases. Assange and his lawyers have opined that American authorities are behind the aggressive interest in pursuing the Swedish sex assault case “as a way of embarrassing, harassing, and silencing him,” the L.A. Times notes.