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Wikileaks: UK receives Assange arrest warrant

UK law enforcement has received an arrest warrant for Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, according to the whistleblower site."UK has only received warrant, but may issue it shortly," said the site in a Twitter post on Monday.
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor on

UK law enforcement has received an arrest warrant for Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, according to the whistleblower site.

"UK has only received warrant, but may issue it shortly," said the site in a Twitter post on Monday.

The Press Association said that Scotland Yard had received the paperwork for Assange's arrest under a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) from Sweden. Assange is believed to be in the south-east of England.

The arrest warrant was first issued in November, but was rejected by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), which processes EAWs on legal grounds. A second was sent on Friday, according to the BBC. Assange is wanted under charges of 'sex by surprise' with two Swedish women, a charge which only seems to exist in Sweden.

A Soca spokesman declined to say whether the agency had passed an arrest warrant to the Metropolitan Police.

"We cannot confirm or deny whether an arrest warrant has been received, or sent on to Scotland Yard," said the spokesman.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said that the police were unable to comment.

Assange on Monday had €31,000 (£26,250) funds frozen in Switzerland, according to a Wikileaks press release.

The funds were seized due to Assange using his lawyers' address for banking correspondence, said the press release.

Wikileaks funding is also experiencing pressure in other areas. PayPal refused to continue to accept donations to Wikileaks on Friday, freezing an additional €60,000, according to the site. PayPal then came under attack by the Anonymous group, which has been conducting protest denial of service attacks.

At end of November, Wikileaks began to release thousands of US diplomatic documents, leading to a number of denial of service attacks.

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