Swedish authorities on Monday issued a request for a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
In Sweden, Assange was accused of rape. Two Swedish women said they were the victims of sex crimes committed by Assange. Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He is now in detention in Britain, where he was sentenced for 50 weeks in prison.
At the same time, the U.S. is interested to obtain the extradition of Assange for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. He is accused of participating in one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets, which could result in a prison term of up to five years.The development sets up a possible showdown between Sweden and the US over who gets to try Assange first. Rape is likely to be considered more serious than conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. Assange was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012. Assange faces a maximum of four years in prison in Sweden if he is convicted of the rape.