WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange and his entourage of lawyers, supporters, protesters and journalists are headed back to a London court for a showdown between the secret-spilling computer hacker and Swedish authorities who want him extradited to face sex crimes allegations.
A two-day hearing that begins on Monday will decide Assange’s legal fate. It will also keep the spotlight away from WikiLeaks’ revelations and on its divisive frontman.
Assange is accused of sexual misconduct by two women he met during a visit to Stockholm last year. At Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court, a high-security judicial outpost beside a prison, defence lawyers will argue that he should not be extradited because he has not been charged with a crime, because of flaws in Swedish prosecutors’ case – and because a ticket to Sweden could land him in Guantanamo Bay or on death row in the US. Read here