Julian Assange arrested in UK

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange refused bail

The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been refused bail by a court in London but vowed to fight extradition to Sweden.

Mr Assange denies sexually assaulting two women in Sweden. He was remanded in custody pending a hearing next week.

A judge at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court refused bail because of the risk of the 39-year-old fleeing.

A Wikileaks spokesman said the arrest was an attack on media freedom and pledged to continue publishing.

Mr. Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens said after the court appearance he would be applying again for bail.

He also claimed the charges were “politically motivated” and he pointed out the judge had said he was keen to see the evidence against Mr Assange.

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