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Swedish Court Orders WikiLeaks Founder Detained In Rape Case

Julian Assange (file photo)
A Swedish court has approved a request by prosecutors to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation, and unlawful coercion.

Assange, whose whereabouts are unknown, has denied the accusations, which stem from his encounters with two women during a visit to Sweden in August.

Today's decision by the Stockholm District Court may lead to an international arrest warrant for Assange.

Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny said she made the request in order "to interrogate him."

Assange's website has released hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in the biggest security breach of its kind in U.S. military history.

compiled from agency reports