UK police say they plan to take WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange into custody soon, after they received a European arrest warrant.

The EAW is based on an arrest warrant issued by the Swedish courts, compelling Assange to appear for questioning in an investigation into accusations of r-pe. Some confusion now surrounds Assange's legal status, as there is still no confirmation of charges being laid in Sweden. However, an EAW cannot be issued without a charge being laid.