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WikiLeaks founder arrested in UK

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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 Metropolitan Police said.

Assange, whose WikiLeaks website is at the center of a row over the release of secret US diplomatic cables, was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant. Swedish prosecutors want to question the 39-year-old Australian about allegations including rape. He denies the allegations.

WikiLeaks, which has provoked fury in Washington with its publications, vowed it would continue making public details of the 250,000 secret US documents it had obtained.

A British judge on Tuesday denied bail for Assange after he told a London court he intends to fight his extradition to Sweden. Judge Howard Riddle told Assange that he had "substantial grounds" to believe the Australian wouldn't turn up for subsequent proceedings. He then put Assange into UK custody ahead of an extradition hearing.

Assange has spent much of his time in Sweden and earlier this year he was accused of sexual misconduct by two female Swedish WikiLeaks volunteers.

This led Swedish prosecutors to open, then drop, then re-open an investigation into the allegations. The crime he is suspected of is the least severe of three categories of rape, carrying a maximum of four years in jail.

Assange appeared before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court after turning himself in to Scotland Yard at about 9:30 am GMT (5:30 pm Beijing time) on Tuesday to face a Swedish arrest warrant.

The founder of the secret-spilling website was asked whether he understood that he could consent to the extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion. Clearing his throat, Assange said: "I understand that and I do not consent."


1. Which country issued the arrest warrant?

2. What is the name of the court where Assange appeared?

3. What is the name of the judge?


1. Sweden.

2. Westminster Magistrates Court.

3. Judge Howard Riddle.

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WikiLeaks founder arrested in UK

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WikiLeaks founder arrested in UK

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.