Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pengasas Wikileaks ditahan

LONDON 7 Dis. - Pengasas Wikileaks, Julian Assange, ditahan polis Britain selepas satu waran tangkap Eropah dikeluarkan Sweden berhubung dakwaan jenayah seks termasuk rogol, lapor London Metropolitan Police, hari ini.

Pendakwa raya Sweden mengeluarkan arahan menahan rakyat Australia berusia 39 tahun itu yang dikehendaki atas dakwaan melakukan jenayah seksual, tuduhan yang dinafikannya.

Polis berkata, Assange yang bertanggungjawab mendedahkan dokumen diplomatik sulit Amerika Syarikat (AS), ditahan kira-kira pukul 9.30 pagi waktu tempatan (5.30 petang waktu Malaysia) semasa hadir ke sebuah balai polis di London di bawah waran tangkap Eropah.

“Dia didakwa oleh pihak berkuasa Sweden atas satu tuduhan paksaan yang menyalahi undang-undang, dua dakwaan pencabulan seksual dan satu dakwaan rogol yang semuanya disyaki dilakukan pada Ogos lalu,” jelas polis London dalam satu kenyataan.

Assange dijangka dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Majistret City of Westminster di sini, hari ini juga. - Reuters

CBS/AP juga melaporkan jaminan bagi beliau dinafikan.

LONDON, Dec. 7, 2010
Julian Assange Arrested in UK, Denied Bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied bail by a judge after surrendering to British authorities over a Swedish arrest warrant Thursday. Assange vowed in court to fight extradition to Sweden, where authorities are hoping to question him over a sexual molestation case.

Assange was arrested at 9:30 a.m local time Tuesday and appeared before Westminster Magistrate's Court. He surrendered Tuesday under an agreement reached between his own lawyers and the police.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who was touring a U.S. base in Afghanistan, looked pleased when told of Assange's arrest.

"I haven't heard that, but that sounds like good news to me," said Gates.

Judge Howard Riddle told Assange that he had "substantial grounds" to believe the 39-year-old Australian wouldn't turn up for subsequent proceedings. He then put Assange into U.K. custody ahead of an extradition hearing.

District Judge Howard Riddle refused the WikiLeaks founder bail because Swedish authorities had presented "serious allegations against someone who has comparatively weak community ties in this country and the means and ability to abscond," reports the British daily, the Guardian.

He rejected the prosecution claim that bail should be rejected on the grounds of Assange's safety.

The founder of the secret-spilling website was asked whether he understood that he could consent to be extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion.

Clearing his throat, Assange said: "I understand that and I do not consent."

Assange denies the allegations, which stem from a visit to Sweden in August. Assange and his lawyers claim the accusations stem from a "dispute over consensual but unprotected sex," and have said the case has taken on political overtones.

Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny has rejected those claims.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for WikiLeaks called Assange's arrest an attack on media freedom and said it won't prevent the organization from releasing more secret documents.

"This will not change our operation," Kristinn Hrafnsson told The Associated Press.

The WikiLeaks website, which has been bumped off two U.S. companies' servers, remained online Tuesday via a Swiss domain name provider. No new U.S. diplomatic cables appeared on the site Tuesday, but it wasn't clear whether that was related to Assange's arrest.

Palmer reported last week that Assange and his colleagues at WikiLeaks had put in place a back-up plan to prepare for the event of his arrested or the site being completely disabled.

Supporters of WikiLeaks around the world have downloaded a file the site calls an insurance policy, Palmer reported. The files are encrypted with a code so strong it's unbreakable, even by governments.

If anything happens to Assange or the website, the plan was for a key to go out to unlock the files. There would theoretically be no way to stop the information from spreading like wildfire, because so many people already have copies.

"What most folks are speculating is that the insurance file contains unreleased information that would be especially embarrassing to the U.S. government if it were released," said Declan McCullagh, chief political correspondent for CNET, a CBS company.

It was unclear Tuesday whether Assange's surrender would prompt WikiLeaks to distribute the key to the encrypted file, but Hrafnsson's reaction Tuesday morning made it seem unlikely.

(CBS/AP) Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET



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