Interpol has placed Julian Assange on its most wanted list, adding one more entity to the growing list of those hunting the WikiLeaks founder. The "red notice" comes as Sweden, Australia, and the U.S. are all investigating Assange, whose site recently released 250,000 classified State Department cables. The silver-haired Australian is reportedly hiding somewhere near London, though the U.K. is not looking for him, the Guardian's David Leigh, Luke Harding, Afua Hirsch and Ewen MacAskill report.
The U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, announced yesterday that the Justice Department and Pentagon are conducting "an active, ongoing criminal investigation" into the latest Assange-facilitated leak under Washington's Espionage Act. However, "the inquiry by US federal authorities is made tricky by Assange's citizenship – he is Australian – and the antediluvian nature of the law's pre-internet-era 1917 statutes," the newspaper reports. "But Assange's most pressing headache is Sweden. Swedish prosecutors have issued an international and European arrest warrant (EAW) for him in connection with rape allegations, and the warrant has been upheld by a Swedish appeal court." Assange says the sexual encounters in question were consensual and the charges are part of a smear campaign.