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December 7th, 2010
08:32 AM ET

Where does U.S., WikiLeaks fit into founder Julian Assange's arrest?

London (CNN) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Tuesday on a Swedish warrant, London's Metropolitan Police said. Assange was arrested at a London police station at 9:30 a.m. and will appear at the City of Westminster Magistrate's Court at 2 p.m., police said. Swedish authorities had issued the warrant for Assange so they can talk to him about sex-crime allegations unrelated to WikiLeaks' recent disclosure of secret U.S. documents. At court, Assange will be able to respond to the arrest warrant, and the court will then have roughly 21 days to decide whether to extradite him, said Mark Ellis, executive director of the International Bar Association.

This morning, Ellis joins John Roberts and Carol Costello on American Morning to talk about what the UK arrest means, and whether Assange may be one step closer to being extradited to the United States.

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  1. Scott

    One thing that botheres me about reporting today.

    You reported that Assange claimed that Palin said he should be hunted down like Bin Laudin, and that Palin responded on Twitter that she never said that....So you reported what each of them said, but you never reported whether or not Palin actually said that and who was lying. why?

    December 8, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  2. u.s.a.

    Where to start first. First, being in possession of stolen property is a crime, even if the you are not the person that stole the property. He still knew that it was stolen. The owner of that property gave no concent, thus the property( information) is concidered stolen. It still is the responsibility of the buyer or reciever of the property to check on it's real legal ownership. Second,the current attacks on business that have cut business ties with wikileaks can be concidered an act of terrorism. Thus making the ability of the U.S. to stike back at the website and its supporters totally legitimate. Lastly, the U.S. needs to go on a witch hunt for the traitor or traitors. Almost like the McCarthy / communist days. Hang'em high for treason. Also for congress to make knew laws concerning the internet and its uses. Mr. Assange , you say that the truth will make us stronger, the truth is that the this could put the world at war- and guess whos name will be synonymous with death. At the least it helps divide people, there's no love or well meaning in that. Looks more like malice.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  3. mike sey

    Not at all sure any self respecting European country would extradite Assange to the US on the grounds that its highly unlikely he has either committed an offence or could receive a fair trial there, After all the US has shown it can't hold fair trials for prisoners accused of terrorism related offences.

    PS had the cables he released been Chinese or Iranian in origin would the US extradite him to those countries? Probably give him the keys to the city instead.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  4. sveinyael

    The MS criminal justice program has been a true blessing to me and assisted me with a better understanding of the fundamental basis and objectives of criminal justice systems. Search the internet "United Forensic College"

    December 8, 2010 at 4:29 am |
  5. zbtcseipai

    The implications of your report leaves the suggestion that there may be some U. S. chicanery resonating. These events can't be just pure coincidence.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:42 am |