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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange surrenders to UK police

The WikiLeaks founder, who drew the wrath of several governments worldwide for releasing secret U.S. diplomatic cables, handed himself in at a police station in London Tuesday morning before being arrested, according to reports.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by police in England over sexual assault claims in Sweden, according to multiple published reports online.

As expected, Assange surrendered before the British police Tuesday morning in connection with an arrest warrant issued by Sweden on suspicion of committing rape and sexual molestation.

The 39-year-old Australian, believed to be residing at an undisclosed location in South-east England since WikiLeaks began publishing, is wanted in Sweden on suspicion of committing sexual crimes, including rape.

Assange is a suspect in a case in which two women claim they were sexually attacked by him when he visited Sweden in August this year. He denies those accusations.

Assange surrendered to police
The WikiLeaks founder, who drew the wrath of several governments worldwide for releasing secret U.S. diplomatic cables, handed himself in at a police station in London Tuesday morning before being arrested, according to reports.

Reuters is reporting that Assange had been arrested at about 9.30 a.m. Tuesday by appointment at the London police station under a European Arrest Warrant.

Assange is a suspect in a case in which two women claim they were sexually attacked by him when he visited Sweden in August this year. He denies those accusations.

Assange arrested on Swedish warrant
UK’s Press Association is reporting a Metropolitan Police spokesman as saying that “Officers from the Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit have this morning arrested Julian Assange on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape.”

He continued: "Julian Assange ... was arrested on a European arrest warrant by appointment at a London police station at 9:30 [a.m.] today.

"He is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010."

Assange is due to appear before City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London later Tuesday.

Yet another arrest warrant issued
On Monday, lawyer Mark Stephens told reporters in London that London's Metropolitan Police had called him to say they had received a fresh European arrest warrant from the Swedish authorities for Assange, according to MSNBC.

"We are in the process of making arrangements to meet with the police by consent in order to facilitate the taking of that question and answer that is needed," Stephens told the media persons at the time.

Also Jennifer Robinson, a solicitor with legal firm 'Finers Stephens Innocent' which represents Assange, confirmed receiving an arrest warrant from Sweden for Assange.

"We have received an arrest warrant (related to claims in Sweden). We are negotiating a meeting with police," Robinson had told the 'Guardian' before his arrest.

Interpol placed Assange, a former hacker, on its most-wanted list on Nov. 30 after Sweden issued first warrant for Assange's arrest, which could not be enforced due to a technical error in the completion of the document.