LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over sex crimes claims, a judge said Thursday. Assange's lawyer said he would appeal against the ruling to the High Court.
Judge Howard Riddle ruled that the allegations of rape and sexual molestation by two women are extraditable offenses and a Swedish warrant was properly issued.
Assange has been out on bail during the extradition fight, and has seven days to appeal the ruling.
Riddle said "there is simply no reason to believe there has been a mistake" about the arrest warrant.
Assange's lawyers have questioned Sweden's judicial process and expressed concern their client risks being handed over to the US, which is investigating whether Assange's website should be held responsible for leaking classified information.