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Wednesday
Nov022011

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Denied Bid to Block Extradition

BERTIL ERICSON/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has lost his bid to prevent being extradited to Sweden, where he is accused of committing sex crimes.

Judges at London's High Court ruled on Wednesday that the 40-year-old should leave the United Kingdom to be questioned over the allegations.  His lawyers say they will appeal to the Supreme Court.

Assange is accused of sexually assaulting two women in Sweden in August of 2010.  He faces one count of rape, one count of unlawful coercion and two counts of sexual molestation.

He has denied the allegations and insists the sex with both women was consensual.

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Wednesday
Dec082010

Charges on Julian Assange: Politically Motivated, or Just Convenient?

Photo Courtesy - Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The arrest and detention of Julian Assange Tuesday on charges of rape and sexual assault was at the least a convenient development for government leaders who've sought ways to contain the leader of the controversial website Wikileaks.

But to some observers, including Assange, the timing and nature of the personal allegations are more than coincidence -- they're "politically motivated."  And the confluence of recent events gives at least the appearance that could be true.

In mid-August, two Swedish women told prosecutors and news outlets they had each had consensual sex with Assange, but that he didn't use a condom, against their wishes, and subsequently refused to get tested for sexually-transmitted diseases.  Their complaint led to a warrant on charges of sexual molestation.

But now prosecutors allege Assange forcibly raped at least one of the women and sexually assaulted the other -- significantly more serious allegations than what investigators initially pursued.

Assange, 39, was formally charged and held without bond in London on one count of rape, two of sexual assault, and one of coercion.  He has denied the allegations and insists the sex with both women was consensual.´╗┐

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Tuesday
Nov302010

WikiLeaks' Assange Wanted By Interpol for 'Sex Crimes'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) -- Interpol on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his alleged connection to sex crimes.

While no one at Interpol was available for comment, the wanted notice appears to be a Red Notice.  According to Interpol, this is not an international arrest warrant, but many countries consider a Red Notice a valid request for provisional arrest for extradition. Assange is wanted in Sweden.

Earlier Tuesday, Swedish officials said Assange had filed another appeal against the court order to detain him on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

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