WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Turns Self In
Julian Assange, the man behind whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, surrendered to authorities in Britain on Tuesday, ending a worldwide manhunt for the elusive Internet activist who is wanted on rape and sexual offense allegations.
The London Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Assange was taken into custody on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant issued in connection to a Swedish investigation on several offenses allegedly committed by the WikiLeaks founder earlier this year. Assange is expected to appear before the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Courts in London on Tuesday. The court would likely decide when Assange would be extradited to Sweden, where authorities want to personally question the Australian journalist about the complaints filed by two Swedish WikiLeaks volunteers.
Assange’s arrest comes as WikiLeaks has begun publishing cables communicated by various American embassies to Washington. Earlier this year, WikiLeaks also published a large cache of formerly secret Iraq war documents, which revealed the true extent of civilian casualties caused by the U.S. invasion.