It’ll be most interesting to see where this goes now:
Julian Assange, founder of the controversial WikiLeaks website, was arrested here Tuesday morning at the request of Swedish authorities who want to question him about allegations of sexual assault, Scotland Yard said.
Assange, 39, voluntarily surrendered to police and was put under arrest, police said. He is expected to appear in a London court later Tuesday.
Sweden has asked that Assange be extradited so that it can investigate allegations by two women who had sexual encounters with him in that country earlier this year. Swedish prosecutors say the encounters may have involved “unlawful coercion” and even rape, but Assange has insisted that the liaisons were consensual.
The accusations have stalked Assange since the summer, before his website began publishing portions of the huge cache of U.S. State Department diplomatic cables that have dismayed American officials and other governments around the world in recent days.
At his court hearing, Assange’s lawyers are expected to ask for him to be released on bail while he fights the attempt to extradite him.
I predict that lefties the globe over will be crawling out from underneath rocks to defend him.