A Swedish court has ordered the arrest of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, on suspicion of rape, something he strongly denies.
The decision is expected to lead to an international arrest warrant and follows a series of investigations into the creator of the whistle blowing website after he visited Sweden in August.
Earlier, Swedish Prosecutor Marianne Ny said the reason for the requested arrest warrant was to enable authorities to question the 39 year-old Australian.
But, Assange’s Swedish defence lawyer Björn Hurtig insisted both he and his client had already given them every opportunity to do this.
‘‘I have on several occasions asked the prosecutor to interrogate Julian Assange and I have also asked them or proposed some dates in which he could come to Sweden and be interrogated but they have said no to my proposals.’‘
Along with the rape allegation, he also faces other sexual charges against two women.
The publication of tens of thousands of classified US documents in relation to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has deeply angered the Pentagon. Assange has said he may seek political asylum in Switzerland.