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Assange Arrested

7:00 AM, Dec 7, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Julian Assange has been arrested by British authorities. The WikiLeaks founder, who is responsible for the release of nearly 250,000 secret State Department cables, was arrested on two sex-related charges.

Here's the statement from the Metropolitan police:

Officers from the Metropolitan police extradition unit have this morning arrested Julian Assange on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape.

Julian Assange, 39, was arrested on a European arrest warrant by appointment at a London police station at 9.30am.

He is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010.

Assange is due to appear at City of Westminster magistrates court today.

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