Assange says heard 'rumours' of US indictment

16th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Thursday he had heard rumours that he had been indicted in the United States, shortly after he was freed on bail in Britain.

"We have a rumour today from my lawyer in the US, which is not confirmed yet, that there has been an indictment made against me in the US," the 39-year-old Australian told reporters.

The founder of the controversial whistleblower website added there were "many more concerns about being extradited to the USA."

His lawyer, Mark Stephens, claimed earlier this week a secret US grand jury had been set up in Virginia to work on charges that could be filed against the WikiLeaks founder.

Assange was speaking after he was freed from prison on bail by a London court following his arrest on December 7 at the request of Swedish authorities over claims of sexual offences.

His lawyers insist moves to extradite him to Sweden to face questioning over allegations he sexually assaulted two women are politically motivated.

They say the moves are linked to WikiLeaks' release of US diplomatic cables, which has caused huge embarrassment in Washington.

Swedish prosecutors insist the extradition request has nothing to do with WikiLeaks.

© 2010 AFP

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