WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a British court today where it was decided that he would remain custody until his next court date on December 14. He was arrested after submitting to authorities and says he will resist extradition to Sweden where he “faces questioning in connection with alleged sex offenses,” reports the New York Times. The story also says that this promises to be a long legal process.
Wikileaks tweeted the message above earlier today.
“Officers from the Metropolitan Police extradition unit have this morning arrested Julian Assange on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape,” reads a police statement.
Facebook has also released a statement saying that it wouldn’t ban content from a WikiLeaks “fan page,” ReadWriteWeb reports. The site had contacted Facebook’s manager of public policy communications Andrew Noyes after Amazon and PayPal’s decided to block WikiLeaks.
Twitter has denied that it has been keeping WikiLeaks-related items from the trending topics list, but wouldn’t comment further about whether it will take down Twitter all together.
The Australian has also published a column authored by Assange. “WikiLeaks has a four-year publishing history. During that time we have changed whole governments, but not a single person, as far as anyone is aware, has been harmed,” it says, making a case for why it’s important.
The Times reports that the publications that have received the recent WikiLeaks information – Der Spiegel in Germany, El País in Spain, Le Monde in France and The Guardian, along with the NYT - have not said that they will make all of them public. Assange has previously said that he will release data about “a major American bank” early next year.