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Wiki founder arrested in UK

world Updated: Dec 08, 2010 00:47 IST
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange handed himself in to British police on Tuesday after Sweden issued a warrant for his arrest over allegations of sex crimes, London’s Metropoli-tan Police said.

Assange’s WikiLeaks organisation has sparked daily headlines around the world with its leak of top-secret US diplomatic cables, and previous leaks of Pentagon papers on the Iraq and Afghan conflicts.

“Officers from the Metropoli-tan Police Extradition Unit have arrested Julian Assange on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape,” a police statement said.

Swedish prosecutors want to question the 39-year-old Austra-lian about allegations including rape. He denies the allegations.

WikiLeaks vowed it would continue making public details of the 250,000 secret US documents it had obtained.

Assange is due to appear in court in London on Tuesday.