WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden

February 24, 2011 | by

Julian Assange, the founder of controversial whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, is to be extradited to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.

The reclusive Australian has been fighting extradition from the UK since December when he was arrested in London under a European Arrest Warrant.

Assange then spent nine days in Wandsworth Prison before being released on bail. He has been staying on the Suffolk country estate of Vaughan Williams, an organic farmer and founder of London’s Frontline Club.

The 39-year-old has strenuously denied three allegations of sexual assault and one of rape last August in Stockholm.

He says the claims are politically motivated due to the work of the WikiLeaks website which released a series of damning cables last year.

The judgement was announced at Belmarsh magistrates’ court in London. Mr Assange is expected to appeal against the decision.

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