Just in: Interpol has put WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on its most-wanted listed. The official reason is that Sweden asked Interpol to put a “red notice” on the radical leftist and enemy of the United States because he’s suspected of raping a Swedish citizen.
The request came after a Swedish court issued an international arrest warrant for Assange on probable cause, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force in August incidents.
The red notice means that 188 countries are asked “to assist the national police forces in identifying or locating those persons with a view to their arrest and extradition.” Note that, although this means trouble for Assange, it is not an international arrest warrant.
Still, this will be a major obstacle for Assange. With a little bit of luck, he will be brought to court soon, where a judge has to figure out whether he did indeed rape a Swedish or woman or not. Once he is in Swedish hands, it should be easier for the U.S. to bring charges against him related to the (partially scheduled) release of secret government documents – if Washington decides to do so, that is.
Although nobody knows where Assange is exactly, most believe he is hiding somewhere in Great Britain. All eyes are on the British, then, to arrest this man who has done so much damage to America’s prestige and diplomatic and war efforts, and to extradite him to Sweden – after which, with a little bit of luck, the U.S. can take (legal) action against him as well.