Assange's Lawyers Fight Extradition

As Steven Spielberg's studio options WikiLeaks: The Movie
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2011 8:18 AM CST
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange shakes hands with well wishers as he leaves Belmarsh Magistrates' Court on February 24, 2011 in London, England.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Julian Assange's lawyers have filed an appeal against the ruling that he be extradited to Sweden to face rape and sexual molestation charges, court officials tell the AP. Assange's lawyers last week have argued that Sweden might turn Assange over to the US for his WikiLeaks shenanigans, but a judge last week dismissed those concerns as a red herring.

On the off chance you're not sick of this entire saga by now, good news: soon it'll be in theaters. DreamWorks has secured the right to WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, a book by two Guardian reporters. The movie is envisioned as an investigative thriller. "It's Woodward and Bernstein meets Stieg Larsson meets Jason Bourne," says the Guardian's editor-in-chief. "Plus the odd moment of sheer farce and, in Julian Assange, a compelling character who goes beyond what any Hollywood scriptwriter would dare invent."

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