Swedish prosecuters issue an international arrest warrant for Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange for rape, sexual molestation, and unlawful coercion. The warrant for Assange's arrest was permitted within a Stockholm court on Thursday, November 18, 2010. Assange is wanted for questioning regarding an incident in Sweden during an August 2010 visit with two women. The warrant declares Assange "detained in absentia." The Swedish Prosecution Authority finds the warrant vital for garnering an international arrest warrant issued through Interpol.
Assange has publicly denied any and all "unlawful conduct," insisting his activites with the women were "consensual." An unidentified woman in Enkoping claims that Assange raped her following a seminar and a second woman, from Stockholm, claims just days later, Assange harassed her when he stayed in her residence. Initial investigations caused authorities to issue and later withdraw a warrant for Assange's arrest because the accusations "lacked substance." The Stockholm woman belonged to a Christian affiliate of the Swedish Social Democratic Party identified as the Brotherhood and acted as Assange's spokeswoman.
Assange has denounced the claims, stating publicly: "the charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing." Supporters believe the allegations are false and a result of a smear campaign.