I'm impressed how many countries have united to go after this guy and make his life hell: Australia is looking into whether he has broken any laws there, France won't let him get server space there, Sweden cooked up a phony sex-crime charge, even Switzerland is dubious about letting him base there. The self-censorship of American companies is disturbing, they are preemptively complying with a government order that possibly hasn't come yet. If anything this leak is showing that freedom of speech needs to be protected from corporations as much as governments, seeing as the latter hasn't actually done anything yet other than condemn it. Either way, this piece of news shows that Assange certainly is very high up in the most wanted scalp list. If we trust Wikileaks, and why wouldn't we, the amount of money on that Swiss bank account was very small - compared to all illicit funds hidden by for example African or Arab dictators in Switzerland. His behavior is anything but "anti-American". The reason he's doing what he's doing is because of his philosophy regarding regulation and the free sharing of information to keep despotism and corruption in check. Taken at face value, that's actually quite pro-American. I guess a lot of governments have realized these leaks are really powerful stuff potentially and that there could be more where this came from ---- against other governments. Julian Assange arrested in London http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11937110 7 December 2010 Last updated at 13:08 GMT The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by police in London. The 39-year-old Australian, who was the subject of a European arrest warrant, denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden. Mr Assange is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court later. A Wikileaks spokesman said Mr Assange's arrest was an attack on media freedom but it would not stop the release of more secret files. Kristinn Hrafnsson told Reuters on Tuesday: "Wikileaks is operational. We are continuing on the same track as laid out before. "Any development with regards to Julian Assange will not change the plans we have with regards to the releases today and in the coming days." Secret locations He said Wikileaks was being operated by a group in London and other secret locations. Scotland Yard said Mr Assange was arrested by appointment at a London police station at 0930 GMT. Continue reading the main story Analysis Clive Coleman BBC News Following his arrest, Mr Assange will be brought before a court as soon as possible. That may be on Tuesday afternoon. If the court is satisfied the arrest warrant is valid, a date will be set for a full hearing, which is not likely to take place for some weeks. Mr Assange will be able to raise his arguments against extradition at this stage. The 'fast-track' European arrest warrant system is based on the concept that all the participating countries have legal systems which meet similar standards, and fully respect human rights. In other words, it is assumed that a person will get an equally fair trial in any of these countries. If the accusation from the requesting state is valid, the grounds for opposing extradition are very limited. Mr Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of rape, one of unlawful coercion and two counts of sexual molestation, alleged to have been committed in August 2010. If the district judge rules the arrest warrant is legally correct, he could be extradited to Sweden. But the process could take months. Police contacted his lawyer, Mark Stephens, on Monday night after receiving a European arrest warrant from the Swedish authorities. An earlier warrant, issued last month, had not been filled in correctly. Mr Stephens said his client was keen to learn more about the allegations and anxious to clear his name. The Web activist's British lawyer, Mark Stephens, told the BBC this weekend that he was worried the attempt to extradite Assange to Sweden could be a precursor to moving him to the U.S. "It doesn't escape my attention that Sweden was one of those lickspittle states which used its resources and its facilities for rendition flights" by the U.S. to transport terrorism suspects around the world for interrogation, he said.