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British police aware of WikiLeaks founder’s whereabouts

Assange furnished his contact details to police after he arrived in Britain in October

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in Britain and police know his whereabouts and telephone number, but have not acted on an international warrant for his arrest, the Independent reported on Thursday.

The 39-year-old founder of the whistleblower site which has disclosed thousands of secret US diplomatic documents has informed the British police that he is in southeast England and furnished his contact details after he arrived in Britain in October, the newspaper added.

Although Interpol reportedly issued a "red notice" this week asking for assistance in the arrest of Assange, Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency (Soca) has refused to authorise this, the report added.

Assange left Sweden last month after the country's authorities said they wanted to investigate the allegations of rape and other sexual offences against him.