WHISTLEBLOWER WIKILEAKS front man Julian Assange could well face a visit from plod before the day is out according to reports.
The founder of Wikileaks is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over alleged sex crimes. Swedish prosecutors managed to draw up a European Arrest Warrant for Assange that passed scrutiny, after the first was rejected on legal grounds. The warrant essentially means Assange is a wanted man throughout the European Union and as such forces Scotland Yard to pick up Assange and deport him back to Sweden.
Reports have pointed to Assange residing in the UK, though his whereabouts is currently unknown. Assange's lawyer has told the media that the police are aware of his client's location. Media outlets are reporting his arrest is now just a matter of time.
The European Arrest Warrant has to some degree managed to limit Assange's ability to interact with the media. He has taken to conducting interviews over the Internet rather than holding press conferences, but the content Wikileaks has published remains headline news all over the globe.
He will not be able to cross borders, as authorities will be compelled to arrest Assange once he presents his passport.
Assange has, according to his lawyer, tried to contact the Swedish prosecutor to discuss the charges lodged against him. Apparently these attempts have been rebuffed, with no correspondence between the two parties.
Wikileaks itself has been running around all over the Internet, with its website the target of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. For a time it had been hosted by Amazon, however the US bookseller kicked Wikileaks off after pressure from the protector of the US 1st Amendment, Senator Joseph Lieberman and some of his colleagues whipped up a storm to score some cheap political points.
If indeed Assange is in Blighty, he might be in luck, at least for a while. Thanks to the weather, it's unlikely that Dixon of Dock Green will be able to get his panda car out of the nick. µ