Wikileaks founder Julian Assange denied adjournment over US extradition

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has appeared in a UK court for the first time in months, trying to fight his extradition to the United States.

His legal team have been trying to adjourn his case until after the US presidential election, a request which was denied this morning.

The 49-year-old Australian is facing 18 charges including espionage and computer misuse charges from the United States.


It’s all in relation to the publication of secret US military documents a decade ago, which included a video of a American helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed 11 people, including two journalists.

The US government claims Wikileaks put lives at risk by publishing the material, along with names of various human intelligence sources who were giving information to the United States.

If extradited, Assange faces up to 175 years behind bars. He was asked if he consented to extradition, he replied ‘no’.

His legal team in London were trying to adjourn the case to consider fresh allegations until January 2021, after the US presidential election in November.

They were denied the request, with the judge saying the legal team turned down the chance to request one back in August.

It’s the first time Assange has been seen in court since February.

The hearing will now resume on Tuesday and is expected to run for four weeks until early October.