Assange Loses Extradition Appeal
Posted on Nov 2, 2011
As WikiLeaks faces financial limitations caused by big corporations putting the squeeze on funding, the whistle-blowing site’s founder Julian Assange is still dealing with some considerable issues that could threaten his personal freedom—namely, the two allegations of rape and sexual assault that still await him in Sweden.
On Wednesday, Assange lost a round in his fight to avoid extradition to Sweden, but he and his legal team are planning to appeal again, this time taking it all the way to the top of the British legal system. Meanwhile, the BBC helpfully noted in its courtroom report that Assange showed up for the judgment “wearing a smart suit and Remembrance Day poppy,” thus satisfying any pressing curiosity about his sartorial choices for the occasion.—KA
Two judges at the High Court in London decided that a previous ruling in favour of extradition must be upheld.
Swedish authorities want him to answer accusations of raping one woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm last year.
Mr Assange’s lawyers say they will appeal at the Supreme Court.
Julian Assange addresses reporters outside the court hearing he attended in London on Wednesday.