He is expected to be arraigned later in the day and then will likely be allowed to post bail, which could be between $150,000 and $350,000 U.S. dollars. What happens next is anyone's guess. The U.S., among other countries, currently do not have charges pending, though several countries have been considering what kind of charges they could pursue. Even if he is not held for the WikiLeaks scandal, he at least won't be able to hide as it appears he's done in weeks past. Should he be granted bail, it's unlikely he will be able to disappear again.
News of his arrest hit in the overnight hours here in the states and now all eyes are on the collective internet to see if threats of his ''insurance'' documents going live occur. Assange had threatened over the past several days that if anything happened to him, a series of even more dangerous documents would ''automatically go live''.
As mentioned, there are no pending charges in the U.S.; however, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said his office was considering all of its options for reining in the controversial man. In a press release on December 3rd
, the AG's office said it was ''a very serious, active, ongoing investigation, criminal in nature''. According to some sources, Assange has documents that seriously compromise national security, including cables that reveal efforts to protect Poland and Lithuania that would be kept secret so that tensions don't mount between the U.S. and Russia. Some have referred to these documents as a ''menu for terrorists'' as they seek targets around the globe.
For now, and regardless of what's going on with the WikiLeaks investigation, it appears Assange will finally have to face those rape and molestation charges that have followed him around for the past six months.
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