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Sweden to Assange: We Won't Ax Arrest Warrant

WikiLeaks founder's request to dismiss order is denied

(Newser) - A Swedish appeals court upheld the arrest warrant for Julian Assange today, dismissing a challenge by the WikiLeaks founder wanted by Swedish prosecutors in an investigation of alleged sex crimes. Confirming a ruling by a lower court, the Svea appeals court said there is no reason to lift the detention... More »

Ecuador: Assange Has Chronic Lung Condition

He's been holed up inside embassy since June

(Newser) - Ecuador's ambassador to Britain says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from a chronic lung condition that "could get worse at any time," reports the Guardian . She didn't offer more specifics, but said her government is picking up the treatment costs. Assange has been seeking refuge... More »

Ecuador to UK: Can We Send Assange to the Hospital?

He risks extradition if he leaves embassy

(Newser) - Ecuador's London embassy is asking England for safe passage for Julian Assange should he need to go to the hospital. Assange's health has apparently declined since he sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in June, but he risks arrest if he leaves the building, reports Reuters... More »

Michael Moore, Bigwigs Are Out $317K on Assange Bail

They're down $317K so far, could lose another $222K

(Newser) - The bigwigs who put up bail for Julian Assange— including Michael Moore —have already lost $317,000 of that money, and could lose another $222,000 if the WikiLeaks founder does not surrender to UK police. The first $317,000 was lost after Assange fled to Ecuador's London... More »

Assange Who? US Unlikely to Prosecute

There's no current case against WikiLeaks founder

(Newser) - Julian Assange thinks Washington is after him, but that might just be delusions of grandeur at work. Not only has the US not issued any charges against or made any attempt to extradite the WikiLeaks founder, officials aren't even sure it's a good idea to do so. If... More »

Assange to US: End the Witch Hunt

WikiLeaks founder makes first public appearance in months

(Newser) - Julian Assange popped his head out of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London today, making his first public appearance in two months and calling on President Obama and the United States to "do the right thing" and "renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks." Speaking from the balcony of... More »

Assange Granted Asylum

Ecuador says US would not give WikiLeaks founder fair trial

(Newser) - Ecuador officially granted asylum to Julian Assange today, reasoning that his human rights might be violated if he were turned over to UK authorities. "We can state that there is a risk that he will be persecuted politically," Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said, according to the Guardian . He... More »

UK Threatens to Raid Embassy for Assange

Threat to revoke diplomatic immunity infuriates Ecuador

(Newser) - Ecuador has been enraged by what it sees as a British threat to storm its embassy in London and seize Julian Assange, who has been holed up there since mid-June. British authorities have warned Ecuador that it has the option of revoking the embassy's diplomatic immunity to fulfill its... More »

Ecuador Denies It OKed Asylum for Assange

Officials say it's a go, but President Rafael Correa disavows report

(Newser) - Julian Assange's weeks in the Ecuadorian embassy in London may have worked out for him. Ecuador President Rafael Correa has decided to grant the WikiLeaks founder asylum, at least according to officials who spoke with the Guardian yesterday. They say he was offered asylum months ago, and that Ecuador... More »

Assange's Mom in Ecuador to Fight for Son

Christine Assange warns of death penalty or 'torture' in US

(Newser) - Julian Assange has a new representative in Ecuador: his own mother. Christine Assange is in Quito to seek asylum for her son, who is currently in the country's London embassy , and she's set to meet with officials today, CNN reports. Extradition to the US could mean the death... More »

Police Order Assange to Surrender

They say it's the first step toward extradition

(Newser) - Julian Assange has been ordered to turn himself in to a London police station tomorrow, in what police say is the "first step" toward extraditing him to Sweden. If he doesn't show up by 11:30am, he'll be in breach of his bail conditions, "and he... More »

Assange Just Doesn't Want to End Up in US

He fears he would face death penalty in America

(Newser) - As he continues to fight to gain asylum in Ecuador, Julian Assange says he's not trying to dodge questions over sexual assault allegations in Sweden. It's the US he's worried about: If Sweden sends him here, he believes he could face the death penalty, Reuters reports. It'... More »

Assange in Last Bid to Dodge Extradition

WikiLeaks founder faces Britain's supreme court

(Newser) - Julian Assange took his extradition battle to Britain's Supreme Court today, arguing that sending him to Sweden would violate a fundamental principle of natural law. The two-day hearing is Assange's last chance to persuade British judges to quash efforts to send him to Scandinavia, where he is wanted... More »

Assange Gets Last Chance to Appeal Extradition

High Court rules that he can appeal to Supreme Court

(Newser) - Julian Assange will be allowed to make one last appeal against his extradition to Sweden, this time to Britain's Supreme Court. The High Court today rejected most of the grounds on which Assange and his lawyers had sought permission, but ultimately consented on the basis of one legal technicality,... More »

UK Denies Assange's Extradition Appeal

WikiLeaks founder likely headed to Sweden within 10 days

(Newser) - Julian Assange is likely headed to Sweden after a British court today rejected his claim that extraditing him to face sex assault charges there would be "unfair and unlawful." Charges of rape and sexual coercion, stemming from alleged incidents last August, await the WikiLeaks founder in Sweden. "... More »

Assange: My House Arrest Hampering WikiLeaks

Assange says WikiLeaks work is highly compromised

(Newser) - After six months under virtual house arrest, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange acknowledged today that his detention is hampering the work of the secret-spilling site. The 39-year-old Australian is living at a supporter's rural estate, and says he has become "a fixed target" for snoopers. "It is easy... More »

WikiLeaks Auctioning Lunch With Assange

Eight people will dine with him at fundraiser

(Newser) - Want the chance to grab a bite with Julian Assange? Get in line, and bring lots of cash. WikiLeaks is offering eight people the chance to dine with its founder as a fundraiser for its secret-spilling work. Bids started Monday at about $570 a head but jumped up to $800... More »

Assange's Lawyers Fight Extradition

As Steven Spielberg's studio options WikiLeaks: The Movie

(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... More »

Judge: Assange Can Be Extradited to Sweden

Swedish warrant was properly issued, says judge

(Newser) - It looks like Julian Assange is going to have to leave that cushy country estate . A British judge today said the WikiLeaks founder can be extradited to Sweden: Judge Howard Riddle deemed the allegations of rape and sexual molestation by two women extraditable offenses and said "there is simply... More »

Assange Lawyer Warns of 'Denial of Justice'

Prosecution rejects key defense arguments in extradition hearing

(Newser) - Due to his global reputation and the secrecy that surrounds Swedish rape proceedings, Julian Assange faces a "denial of justice" if he’s extradited to Sweden on sex crime allegations, said a lawyer defending the WikiLeaks founder today at the start of a two-day extradition hearing. Such a trial... More »

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