Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face sex crime charges, court says

Dylan Stableford
The Cutline

Julian Assange said he and his legal team are mulling their options after a British court ruled that the Wikileaks founder can be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes.

"We will be considering our next steps in the days ahead," Assange said outside the court after the ruling Wednesday. Assange's legal team has two weeks to decide whether to file papers to try to take the case to Britain's Supreme Court.

Assange, at least for now, will remain in Britain. Under the terms of his bail, he is confined to a friend's country estate in southern England, the Associated Press reported.

Assange, 40, has contended the Swedish rape charges are trumped up, part of an American-led conspiracy to persecute Wikileaks, his anti-secrecy group which has released tens of thousands of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables. Wikileaks has recently stopped publishing new cables, citing financial difficulties.

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