WikiLeaks founder back in court over extradition

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 11, 2011 13:34

LONDON — The founder of secret-spilling website WikiLeaks was back in court Tuesday as part of his fight to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he's wanted on sex crimes allegations.

Julian Assange, 39, was driven to London's high-security Belmarsh Magistrates' Court accompanied by his lawyer Mark Stephens. The procedural hearing lasted for only about 10 minutes, with lawyers for both sides saying they were on track for Assange's next court appearance on Feb. 7.

The rape and molestation accusations against Assange stem from encounters with two women during a trip to Sweden taken over the summer, just as his website was garnering global attention with its huge leaks of classified US material.


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