UK court to rule on WikiLeaks founder Assange’s US extradition

A British judge is set to reveal whether she has approved Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where the WikiLeaks founder would face espionage charges for publishing secret US military documents.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser is expected to deliver the decision at 10:00 GMT on Monday at the Old Bailey.

Assange is set to appear in court, while his supporters rally outside.

The 49-year-old Australian is accused of illegally hacking into US government websites and leaking documents containing logs on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and diplomatic cables in 2010.

“I hope I am wrong,” the 92-year-old activist added, calling Assange’s incarceration “unfair, unjust and criminal – but power reigns”.Assange, whose trial began in February last year and concluded in October, is currently being held at the maximum-security Belmarsh prison in southeast London and fears for his physical and mental health are rising.

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