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Assange evades arrest after Swedish error

AFP/The Local · 2 Dec 2010, 07:17

Published: 02 Dec 2010 07:17 GMT+01:00

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The paper said that British police knew where the internet whistle-blower was -- believed to be a location in southeast England -- but could not act on the information as the European arrest warrant was incorrectly filled out.

Swedish authorities issued the warrant -- in connection with alleged sex offences -- on November 19, a day before Interpol placed him on their wanted list.

However, a police source told the paper the warrant was unenforceable.

"It is not a properly certified warrant so we can't act on it," the source said.

Assange's British-based lawyer Mark Stephens said the authorities knew his whereabouts.

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"The police know how to get hold of him, as does the Swedish prosecutor. Yet no one seems concerned to tell us what is going on," he said.

Assange has not been seen since his WikiLeaks website began the release over 250,000 official US documents on Sunday.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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17:03 December 2, 2010 by amirhosein
Sweden is making a big fuss out of a rage allegation, which could be investigated several times when Mr. Assange was in Sweden and offered the prosecutor several days and times to discuss the issue.

What is crystal clear is that the coverage of what is revealed in the Wikileaks documents is way too little and disproportional to the relatively minor case of alleged nonconsensual sexual encounter.

The New York Times wrote yesterday:

"According to accounts they [the two Swedish women] gave to the police and friends, each had consensual sexual encounters with Mr. Assange that became nonconsensual."

Can you elaborate on that, please?

And also discuss the issues revealed in the documents, from a neutral point of view?

instead of stirring up the miser issue of reported consensual-turned-nonconsensual sexual encounters? (what does it even mean? how do you claim and prove it?)
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