WikiLeaks founder appeals detention order

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has filed another appeal against a court order to detain him.

Stockholm: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
has filed another appeal against a court order to detain him
in a rape investigation, Swedish officials said on Tuesday.

The appeal was received by the Supreme Court in Stockholm on Tuesday, court spokeswoman Tove Levelind said.

Earlier this month, an appeals court rejected Assange`s
first appeal, upholding a district court decision to detain
him for questioning.

Assange, whose whereabouts are unknown, is wanted by
Sweden for internationally concerning allegations against him
that include rape and sexual molestation. They stem from his
encounters with two Swedish women during a visit to the Nordic
country in August.

He has denied the allegations, calling them part of a
smear campaign. He has not been formally charged.

WikiLeaks made another disclosure of classified documents
over the weekend, including diplomatic cables and sensitive
US State Department documents.

The 39-year-old Australian has angered the US and other
governments with such disclosures, including secret documents
about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

During his August visit to Sweden, Assange applied for a
residency permit in the country, where the WikiLeaks site has
some of its servers and laws offer strong protection for
whistle-blowers. Sweden rejected the request.

Yesterday, Ecuador`s deputy foreign minister, Kintto
Lucas, praised Assange for his work and offered him residency
in the leftist-run Andean nation "without any kind of trouble
and without any kind of conditions."

PTI