Wikileaks: Julian Assange arrest rumors 'false'

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Rumors that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London are 'false,' the whistleblower website said on Saturday. Indymedia UK had reported that Assange, the 41-year-old Australian who sparked a diplomatic row when he was granted asylum by Ecuador, was arrested while secretly visiting a medical clinic five minutes from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. But Wikileaks vehemently denied the story, tweeting that 'Reports of Julian #Assange arrest are false and derive from a fabricated story.' 'Such media smears are common,'Wikileaks tweeted. 'Reader beware.' Indymedia UK has ince 'hidden' the spurious article about Assange's arrest, citing a breach of editorial guidelines. Assange has been hailed as a champion of free speech and transparency by progressives around the world, and by congressman Ron Paul. Wikileaks has nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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