Julian Assange's lawyer Björn Hurtig. Photo: Leif R jansson/ Scanpix

"There is something strange about this case"

Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer Björn Hurtig says he is surprised that Interpol has decided to issue a so-called "red notice" on the Wikileaks founder, making him one of the world's most wanted people.

He is wanted by Swedish prosecutors to answer questions about alleged sex crimes during a visit to this country during the summer, he has however not been charged for any of the alleged crimes.

Hurtig adds he thinks there is something else behind prosecutor Marianne Ny's decision to call for the questioning in person, and not via webcam or at a Swedish Embassy, as Assange wants.

"It's all about Wikileaks" he told news agency TT, "and then everyone else can make their own conclusions. I wonder if they don't want his DNA, there is something strange about this case", he adds.

The whistle-blowing website has been in the global headlines yet again this week, after it released thousands of diplomatic cables from the United States.

The first leaks from the US Embassy in Stockholm have now started to appear online, including information about meetings between the Social Democratic leadership and US diplomats last autumn about policy in Afghanistan.

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