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Sweden seeks to detain Assange in rape case


STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A Swedish prosecutor has asked for a court order to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for questioning on suspicions of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

Assange has denied the allegations, which stem from his encounters with two women during a visit to Sweden in August.

Director of Public Persecution Marianne Ny says the reason for the request is that investigators have not been able to bring Assange in for an interrogation.

The move could mean that prosecutors are preparing an international arrest warrant for the Australian, whose whereabouts were not immediately clear.

WikiLeaks has angered the Pentagon by releasing thousands of classified U.S. war reports from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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