WikiLeaks' Assange to fight extradition: lawyer

SYDNEY- Besieged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will fight extradition to Sweden, his lawyer said Tuesday, after British police received a request for him to face charges in Stockholm.
Assange's London-based lawyer Jennifer Robinson said the Australian whistleblower would likely resist being returned to Sweden for fear he could be turned over to the United States.

WikiLeaks' Assange to fight extradition: lawyer
"(The Swedish prosecutor) said publicly on television last night that all she wants is his side of the story. Now we've offered that on numerous occasions. There is no need for him to return to Sweden to do that," she said.
"I think he will get a fair hearing here in Britain but I think our, his, prospects if he were ever to be returned to the US, which is a real threat, of a fair trial, is, in my view, nigh on impossible," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Assange, whose WikiLeaks has published hundreds of confidential US diplomatic cables sending panic waves through global capitals, is arranging to meet with British police after they received a European arrest warrant for him.
As furious governments around the world slammed Wikileaks as grossly irresponsible, Swedish authorities want to question him on suspicion of crimes, including sexual assault.
But Robinson refused to discuss further details of Assange's looming meeting with British police, saying only that it was "bizarre" that his legal team had not yet seen a copy of the arrest warrant and had seen no evidence.

Tuesday, December 7th 2010

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