Wikileaks' Assange Arrest Will Not Affect Cables Release

WikiLeaks will continue with the release of the 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables despite the arrest of founder Julian Assange by UK police earlier this morning.

The whistle-blowing website has condemned the arrest as an attack on media freedom and has assured that it will have no affect on the release of further cables, The Guardian reports.

In a post on micro-blogging site Twitter, WikiLeaks said: “Today's actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won't affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal"

According to the Guardian, WikiLeaks is also set to release a pre-recorded video statement by Assange later today.

In a statement released around 10:30 this morning, Scotland Yard announced that officers from its Extradition service had arrested Assange on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Swedish authorities.

Assange is accused of unlawful coercion, sexual molestation and rape - charges he strenuously denies - and is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court at 2pm.