WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will appear in a London court today as his lawyers attempt to block his extradition to Sweden. The 39-year-old Australian computer expert is wanted there to face trial for sex crimes.
Assange denies the charges and claims that sending him to Sweden could a be a stepping stone to a transfer to the United States.
Last month, Assange was at the centre of yet more potential revelations when a former Swiss banker handed over data discs, saying they contained evidence of massive tax evasion. The banker wanted Assange to publish the information to lift the lid on alleged illegal banking activity on an international scale.
The data is set to add to Washington’s annoyance with Assange who last year published secret US diplomatic cables.
Many of his supporters claim the Swedish charges are being pursued to punish him for his controversial whistle-blowing website.