Wikileaks Founder Arrested in London

Paul Lilly

Julian Assange, the man behind the controversial whisteblower site Wikileaks, was arrested Tuesday on a Swedish warrant, according to a CNN report .

Popular opinion held that it was only a matter of time before Assange would have to answer for making available classified documents and other sensitive information, but that's not what this arrest is about, at least on the surface. Instead, Swedish authorities issued a warrant for Assange in order to chat with him about sex-crime allegations that have nothing to do with Wikileaks.

Assange turned himself in and will appear in court later today. He will then have a chance to respond to the warrant, after which time the court will have around 21 days to decide whether or not to extradite him. If it does, Assange could appeal the decision.

The sexual assault allegations include one count of rape, two counts of sexual molestation, and one count of unlawful coercion, all of which Assange chalks up to a smear campaign.

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