It's important to remember that Mr Assange has not been charged with anything, he only wants to be interviewed as a witness, so magistrates may decide they're not happy with sending him to Sweden...
-- Sky News' foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall
WikiLeaks Boss Assange Arrives At UK Court
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is appearing before magistrates in London after he was arrested by British police over sexual assault claims made in Sweden.
The elusive 39-year-old Australian was earlier detained by Scotland Yard officers after he voluntarily went to a police station in central London.
Police contacted Mr Assange's lawyer last night after receiving a fresh European arrest warrant from Swedish authorities, as anger grows in the US over the latest leaked embassy cables by the whistleblowing website.
Labelling the move as a "political stunt", Mr Assange's solicitor Mark Stephens said his client wants to find out what allegations he faces so he can clear his name.
Mr Stephens has warned any attempt to extradite Mr Assange will be resisted, "mainly on the grounds that he may be handed over to the Americans."