Wikileaks founder Julian Assange faces court over US extradition

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has appeared in a London court for the second time in two days, to face an extradition from the US.

Assange once again appealed for Australian diplomatic protection, and vowed to formally contest the extradition.

The United States want to bring Assange to the country to face charges of conspiring to commit computer intrusion with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning back in 2010.


Assange said via video link in court that he would not surrender himself to extradition for ‘doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many people’.

He’s currently serving a 50 week sentence in Belmarsh prison, one of Britain’s most high profile prisons.

The Wikileaks Editor in Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson told reporters outside the Westminster Magistrates Court, that he spends 23 hours a day in his cell in ‘appalling’ conditions.

Assange will return to court on May 30, with the extradition case to officially begin on June 12.