Being a founder of a well-known website does not mean he or she will be immune from charges or the Interpol “red list”.
This is the case of Julian Assange, the 39-year-old Australian founder of WikiLeaks. Before anything else, WikiLeaks is an international non-profit media organization that publishes submissions of unavailable documents from anonymous sources. This was founded by Assange in 2006 and after one year since its launch, it has claimed to have a database of over 1.2 million documents.
Now, the Australian founder is being wanted by the Interpol and faces charges on all parts of the world because of the many leaks that he has published. The US is investigating whether he had violated the espionage laws or not. The Court of Stockholm and the International Public Prosecution Office in Gotherberge, Sweden have asked to issue an international warrant not only for the leaks, but also on the sexual assaults charged against him by two women in Sweden.
It turns out that August this year, two women filed a case against Assange for rape and assault, but the judge dismissed the case due to insufficient evidence. But the case was reopened recently by the International Public Prosecution Office and has issued the European Arrest Warrant in order to get him.
Just this Sunday, WikiLeaks has published a lot of confidential American diplomatic cables. Then it has also published some revelations such as China secretly saying that they may be ready in cutting allies with North Korea, and the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak advising the US in 2008 to forget democracy in Iraq because the people there are too rough. These leaks are enough to get Assange into the nerves of America’s powerful people and putting him into Interpol’s “most wanted man” list because it is becoming harmful to powerful leaders.
Until now though, the whereabouts of the WikiLeaks founder is unknown and the US is on the lookout for him.