WikiLeaks chief arrested in London over rape claim: police

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London on Tuesday on suspicion of rape on an arrest warrant issued by Swedish authorities, British police said.

Assange, 39, was detained after attending a London police station by appointment at 0930 GMT and is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court later in the day, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

"Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday 7 December, arrested Julian Assange on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape," the statement said.

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