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Julian Assange of WikiLeaks placed on Interpol most-wanted list, more diplomatic cables released

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010; 11:35 AM

Julian Assange has been placed on Interpol's most-wanted list on rape charges amidst the WikiLeaks release of classified American diplomatic cables. As AP reported:

Interpol has placed the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks on its most-wanted list after Sweden issued an arrest warrant against him as part of a drawn-out rape investigation.

The Lyon, France-based international police organization has issued a "red notice" for 39-year old Julian Assange - the equivalent of putting him on its most wanted list.

The WikiLeaks site itself was the victim of several cyberattacks recently, leading many to speculate that a patriotic hacker attempted to disrupt WikiLeaks in retaliation for the released cables:

Since Sunday, the online site dedicated to exposing government and corporate secrets has suffered two computer assaults, each of which has overwhelmed its servers and rendered the site temporarily inaccessible.

Some observers immediately speculated the attacker might be the U.S. government, which has condemned WikiLeaks' posting of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables. Experts said a more likely culprit is a "patriotic" hacker incensed by WikiLeaks' publication of massive amounts of classified government material.

Abroad in Kazakhstan, Secretary of State HIllary Clinton was forced to respond to the Wikileaks fallout, complicating her tour of Central Asia as America scrambles to contain any fallout from the leaks:

Clinton said she had discussed the leaks with many of the world leaders attending the summit, "in order to assure our colleagues that it will not, in any way, intervene in our diplomacy."

She said none of the officials at the summit had suggested they would have any difficulty continuing to work with the United States "and discuss matters of importance going forward."

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