November 18th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Sweden orders arrest of WikiLeaks founder

The Stockholm Criminal Court on Thursday issued an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on probable cause, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force.

The court also ordered Assange arrested in his absence, which requires Swedish authorities anywhere in the world to detain Assange if they come across him. Sweden's director of prosecutions, Marianne Ny, had requested the arrest in absence.

"The background is that he has to be heard in this investigation and we haven't been able to get a hold of him to question him," Ny said earlier
Thursday.

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  1. K jacktown michigan

    this guy would blow your cover for the sheer pleasure of doing it! Prominence and associated power abused for profit and lovimg every minute of it.

    November 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daniel

      Gee,I didn't know that.

      November 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Who takes orders from Sweden? Sweden prospers from harboring financial croks like the Bank for International Settlements. Fav euro-destination of Fed Reserve chairmen.

    November 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr Phil

      Firstly, the BIS has its headoffice in Basel, Switzerland, not Sweden. Secondly, Sweden (or Switzerland for that matter) has the Euro so by definition, it can't be a "fav Euro destination". Thirdly, since the arrest was in the form of av European Arrest Warrant, by EU law, every EU member state has to pay attention. Check your facts, mister.

      November 20, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr Phil

      Firstly, the BIS has its headoffice in Basel, Switzerland, not Sweden. Secondly, Sweden (or Switzerland for that matter) hasn't the Euro so by definition, it can't be a "fav Euro destination". Thirdly, since the arrest was in the form of av European Arrest Warrant, by EU law, every EU member state has to pay attention. Check your facts, mister.

      November 20, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. wikiwacky

    Don't know about rapist but he does look like a snitch. Yeah, you know the kid that got picked on in school so he brings the teacher an apple and squeals on everybody? I knew he looked familiar. Pale faced red-lipped wuss.

    November 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Daniel

    I wonder just how big of a hand did the C.I.A. have in this. I guess that we'll never know!

    November 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. duke

    Phuck the swedes!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Seth

    So I guess next new mega U.S. imperial embassy will be slated for Stockholm.

    November 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. cindy

    Assange if i c u u r getn knock out n i will turn u n better hope i never c u

    November 19, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • UsuaISuspect

      Wow, is this the outcome of "Freedom" in America? Exert one's childish impulses on another driven by elementary ideologies? We like to think we're the "Beacon of Hope" in the world, yet we're the most ignorant of them all. Reminds me of Friedrich Nietzsche's "Twilight of the Idols" when he writes: "He who possesses strength flings intellect to the deuce ('let it go hence!' [...] 'the Empire will remain!')."

      November 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andreas Moser

    I doubt the legaility of Sweden's intent to arrest him outside of Sweden by Swedish authorities.
    Under international public law, a country's authority ends at its borders. That's the principle of sovereignty. And that's also why countries usually ask for extraditions.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ted

      There is a European Arrest Warrant so he is wanted in all EU countries.

      November 24, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |

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