WikiLeaks founder vows to fight extradition

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WikiLeaks founder vows to fight extradition

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court in London on Tuesday in the latest round of his fight against extradition to Sweden where he faces sexual assault charges.

The 39-year-old Australian made a brief appearance at Woolwich Crown Court and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

The brains behind the whistle-blowing website says the charges against him are politically motivated and a mere ploy to eventually extradite him to the United States.

Assange told reporters outside the court that he was ready to fight the extradition order at the hearing on February 7 and 8.

“Our work with WikiLeaks continues unabated. We are stepping up publishing for Cablegate and other materials. They will be shortly appearing with the help of our newspaper partners,” said Assange.

His lawyers, according to documents released on their firm’s website, will argue Sweden’s desire to question him is an insufficient motive for extradition.

The defence will say that as Swedish authorities have not decided whether to prosecute Assange, extraditing him would be illegal.

Assange remains free on bail but he must wear an electronic tag and has had to put up at least 240,000 thousand euros as a bond.