WikiLeaks founder 'wanted' by Interpol over rape claims

Julian Assange placed on most-wanted list after Sweden issues arrest warrant against him; US State Department disconnects access to its files.

December 1, 2010 03:27
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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton speaking to press. (photo credit: Associated Press)

WASHINGTON  — Interpol on Wednesday placed

Earlier on Tuesday US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley sought to reassure the world that US diplomats were not spies, even as he sidestepped questions about why they were asked to provide DNA samples, iris scans, credit card numbers, fingerprints and other deeply personal information about leaders at the United Nations and in foreign capitals.

Diplomats in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion, for instance, were asked in a secret March 2008 cable to provide "biometric data, to include fingerprints, facial images, iris scans, and DNA" for numerous prominent politicians. They were also asked to send "identities information" on terrorist suspects, including "fingerprints, arrest photos, DNA and iris scans."

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