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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over ‘rape’ claim
Stockholm, Aug 21 (Agencies):
Published on 21 Aug. 2010 11:44 PM IST
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Julian Assange, the founder of the Wikileaks website, is facing a warrant for his arrest over an accusation of rape.
The warrant was issued by prosecutors in Sweden, where the Australian-born internet activist was on a visit last week.
“Julian Assange is wanted for two different issues, one of them is that he’s suspected of rape in Sweden,” said Karin Rosander, director of communications at the prosecutor’s office.
He was unable to say what the other accusation was, or whether the warrant was international. During his visit to Sweden, Assange held a press conference where he announced that his whistleblower website was intending to publish further secret military documents on the war in Afghanistan.
The website has already published thousands of pages of intelligence information, infuriating the US government, which claims the disclosures may have compromised military security and put informants’ lives in danger.
Supporters of Assange believe he has been the victim of a smear campaign to discredit him. The Wikileaks Twitter page dismissed the assault claims, which first appeared in Sweden’s Expressen newspaper, as “dirty tricks”.
It said: “Expressen is a tabloid; No one here has been contacted by Swedish police. Needless to say this will prove hugely.

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