WikiLeaks Founder Arrested in London : US Personal Data Released
London – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange surrendered to London police on Tuesday. Julian Assange have been arrested on Swedish warrant for sex-crime investigation according to official sources. However, facts are disputable on the basis of releasing secret information regarding US Weaponry Assets and their intelligence.
His personal Bank accounts have been frozen and U.S. government have launched a criminal investigation against him and a group of 500 mirror websites around the world.
The legal troubles for Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, stem from allegations leveled against him by two women he met while in Sweden over the summer. Assange is accused of rape and sexual molestation in one case and of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in another.
Assange denies the allegations, which his British attorney Mark Stephens says stem from a “dispute over consensual but unprotected sex.” Assange and Stephens have suggested that the prosecution is being manipulated for political reasons.
A spokesman for WikiLeaks called Assange’s arrest an attack on media freedom and said it won’t prevent the organization from releasing more secret documents.
“This will not change our operation,” Kristinn Hrafnsson told The Associated Press.
WikiLeaks has angered the U.S. government by releasing tens of thousands of secret U.S. military documents, followed by the ongoing release of what it says will eventually be a quarter-million cables from U.S. diplomatic posts around the world. It provided those documents to five newspapers, which have been working with WikiLeaks to edit the cables for publication.
The campaign against WikiLeaks began with an effort to jam the website as the cables were being released. U.S. Internet companies Amazon.com, Inc., EveryDNS and PayPal, Inc. then severed their links with WikiLeaks in quick succession, forcing it to jump to new servers and adopt a new primary Web address – wikileaks.ch – in Switzerland.