Julian Assange, controversial founder of WikiLeaks is facing an international arrest warrant from a court in Sweden over accusations of rape and sexual molestation.
The move follows Assange’s failure to meet Swedish prosecutors and answer questions over the charges; he now faces arrest from Interpol.
Assange has not been seen in public since the start of the month but vigorously protests his innocence, alleging that the prosecution is politically motivated.
It follows disclosure of a series of classified documents on the Wikileaks site which has proved enormously embarrassing to the British and American governments.
An offer by Assange to answer questions remotely has been refused by Sweden which insists he attend in person. This prompted Assange’s lawyer, Mark Stephens, to accuse the prosecutor of “abusing her power.”