Interpol has placed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on its most-wanted list.
The 39-year-old, whose wherebouts are unknown, is wanted on a number of charges including rape.
He denies the allegations, which date back to a visit to Sweden in the summer.
Meanwhile the drip-feed of information from WikiLeaks’ cache of classified US diplomatic correspondence continues.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said:
“We are still essentially, as it has been said before, the “indispensable nation”, so other nations will continue to deal with us. They will continue to work with us. We will continue to share sensitive information with one another. Is this embarrassing?Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for US foreign policy? I think fairly modest.”
Pakistan has dismissed fears expressed in the latest leaks that its nuclear material could end up in the wrong hands.
US political figures like Hillary Clinton know only 278 of more than 250,000 cables have been published so far.
Other sensitive topics touched on include Iran’s nuclear programme and relations with other Middle Eastern states, as well as speculation on the current state of North Korea’s long-standing relationship with China.