TODAY   |  December 03, 2010

WikiLeaks chief could be arrested today

Julian Assange, the founder of the website WikiLeaks, is wanted for alleged sexual offenses. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> is still a wanted man. we have got peter alexander in stockholm.

>> julian assange's own lawyer admits his client's legal appeals here in sweden have been exhausted and now there are growing indications that assange could be arrested in britain as early as today. for the last several days, assange, the controversial founder of wikileaks has been working without rest to keep his website running. his lawyer confirms he's had a secret location somewhere in britain.

>> he's not hiding evading any arrest warrant. he has genuine concerns for his personal safety after calls for his assassination.

>> reporter: the computer hacker is wanted for questioning in swede on about allegations of rape and sexual molestation. allegations he vehemently denies.

>> they have gone to the police in the same way as unfortunately thousands of women do every year.

>> reporter: in an exclusive interview with nbc news, klaus berg strom, the lawyer for the two women also rejected assange's claim that the sex was consensual.

>> of course that's his stand point. that is why he has to be interrogated.

>> reporter: the prosecutor insists assange's case is being handled like any other and is not part of any international conspiracy. assange came to sweden for its liberal freedom of the press law, now that same country may be where assange's own freedom ends. and once assange is finally arrested, the swedish prosecutor tells me that it could be days if not weeks before he is extradited back to sweden .