Assange’s may surrender to British police

By SYLVIA HUI and JOHN HEILPRIN

The Associated Press

Monday, December 6, 2010; 6:37 PM

LONDON — Julian Assange’s lawyer was arranging to deliver the WikiLeaks founder to British police for questioning in a sex-crimes investigation of the man who has angered Washington by spilling thousands of government secrets on the Internet.

Lawyer Mark Stephens told reporters in London that the Metropolitan Police had called him to say they had received an arrest warrant from Sweden for Assange. Assange has been staying at an undisclosed location in Britain.

“We are in the process of making arrangements to meet with police by consent,” Stephens said Monday, declining to say when Assange’s interview with police would take place.

The 39-year-old Australian is accused of rape and sexual molestation in Sweden, and the case could lead to his extradition. He has denied the accusations, which Stephens has said stem from a “dispute over consensual but unprotected sex.” The lawyer has said the Swedish investigation has turned into a “political stunt.”

Given the concentrated attacks on the diplomatic arm of the United States by divulging sensitive secret communications and sources, Assange’s persecution should have been expected.

Any amount of harassment is not enough in the opinion of this writer!

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