I refuse to be ex­tra­dited, As­sange tells court

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JU­LIAN As­sange says he is not will­ing to be ex­tra­dited to the US for jour­nal­ism he claims has ‘won many awards’.

The Wik­iLeaks founder, 47, be­gan his ex­tra­di­tion bat­tle yes­ter­day three weeks af­ter he was dragged out of Ecuador’s Lon­don em­bassy, where he had taken refuge for al­most seven years.

At West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court, he faced claims that he con­spired to hack into a clas­si­fied Pen­tagon com­puter.

In a 10-minute hear­ing via a vide­olink from Bel­marsh prison, he for­mally re­fused con­sent to ex­tra­di­tion, say­ing: ‘I do not wish to sur­ren­der my­self for ex­tra­di­tion for do­ing jour­nal­ism that has won many awards and pro­tected many peo­ple.’

He was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear again via vide­olink on May 30.

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