WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with allegations of sexual assault.

An Australian citizen, Assange has been accused of rape, molestation and coercion in Sweden. He surrendered in Britain where he awaits an initial hearing and possibly extradition.

The accusations and Assange's subsequent arrest are among the many controversies surrounding WikiLeaks, which released thousands of sensitive State Department cables in late November. The group faces a criminal investigation and can no longer receive online contributions — its primary source of revenue — via Visa or PayPal.

Assange denies all the charges, according to reports, and says his arrest will not stop the organization from releasing more documents. 

Commenting on the arrest from Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was reportedly pleased.

"That sounds like good news to me," he said.

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This post was updated at 3:12 p.m.