Wikileaks dismisses Julian Assange arrest rumors

2013-01-06 09:48:56 GMT2013-01-06 17:48:56(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Rumors that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London are "false," the whistleblower website said on Saturday.

Indymedia UK had reported that Assange, the 41-year-old Australian who sparked a diplomatic row when he was granted asylum by Ecuador, was arrested while secretly visiting a medical clinic five minutes from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

"Sources close to this reporter have confirmed that Wikileaks founder and international fugitive Julian Assange has been arrested by Scotland Yard detectives at a private medical clinic located just a five minute drive from the Ecuadorean Embassy," Conal Urquhart wrote in an article posted on Friday.

But Wikileaks vehemently denied the story, tweeting that "Reports of Julian #Assange arrest are false and derive from a fabricated story."

"Such media smears are common," Wikileaks tweeted. "Reader beware."

Indymedia UK has since 'hidden' the spurious article about Assange's arrest, citing a breach of editorial guidelines.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since last June. He entered the embassy in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted on charges of sexual assault. The charges reportedly stem from Assange having unprotected consensual sex with two Swedish women, which can be considered a crime in the Nordic country under certain circumstances.

(Agencies)

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