WikiLeaks Founder Denied Bail After Sex-Crimes Arrest
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in Sweden after his attorney had arranged to deliver him to British police for questioning in the sex-crimes investigation.
Assange, 39, an Australian national, had been hiding in the U.K. since leaking hundreds of thousands of documents detailing diplomatic cables via his anti-secrecy Web site.
In City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court Tuesday has denied bail and has ordered Assange to remain in custody until a further court session on Dec. 14.
A spokesman based at Scotland Yard confirmed to PEOPLE that officers from the Metropolitan Police “extradition unit” arrested Assange Tuesday morning “on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape.”