Decision to Extradite Julian Assange Is Deferred

The WikiLeaks founder remains on tenterhooks as the London High Court takes its time

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The London High Court has decided to wait on issuing a decision as to whether Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face questioning on rape allegations. The founder and face of secret-spilling web site WikiLeaks has appealed a previous ruling that he could be extradited, saying he would not get a fair trial in Sweden. Two judges signed off on today's decision, and a written judgment is to be handed down at a later, unspecified, date. Assange's lawyers have said the Swedish allegations give an accurate or fair report of sexual encounters he claims were "entirely consensual." The court was expected to defer its decision after yesterday's hearing. Assange's Swedish lawyer said there was a "big risk" of the court approving the extradition, but his lawyers in London have indicated that, in that case, they would try to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

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