Julian Assange Has Been Arrested

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As of 9:30 am GMT, Julian Assange is no longer a free man. Bloomberg reports that the Wikileaks founder was arrested by London police over rape allegations made in Sweden. "Assange, 39, was arrested “by appointment” today at 9:30 a.m. after an international request by Swedish police for the Australian’s detention, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said today in a phone interview. He is to appear at City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court at 2 p.m. today, a court official said... The arrest follows a European arrest warrant on one count
of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one
count of rape allegedly committed in August 2010, the police’s
extradition unit said in an e-mailed statement.The arrest warrant was sought by prosecutor Marianne Ny, who said she had been unable to question Assange. Ny started her investigation on Sep. 1 after Stockholm-based Chief Public Prosecutor Eva Finne dropped the rape charge and reduced the molestation charges. A lawyer for the two alleged victims in the case had appealed Finne’s decision." Of course the only thing that is on people's minds is whether (and when) the Australian will release the decryption code to the 1.4 GB torrent file that among other things, may contain data that will "bury" Bank of America. In other news, score one for having unprotected sex with free speech.