WikiLeaks Founder Can Be Extradited, Court Rules

By Forward Staff

Published November 02, 2011.

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website that has published thousands of secret government documents, can be extradited to Sweden for questioning over allegations of sexual abuse there last year, a British court reportedly ruled.

An appeals court panel rejected Assange’s appeal of a decision has kept Assange under house arrest for months after he was accused of molesting two volunteers in 2010, The Guardian reported.

Assange has two weeks to decide whether to challenge the decision to Britain’s highest court.

WikiLeaks has been temporarily shuttered, putting a pause in its headline-making campaign to release sensitive documents about the U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and other world issues, The New York Times reported.

The documents, mostly U.S. diplomatic cables, have roiled the U.S.’s relations with several major powers. They have also exposed key conduits of information to U.S. diplomats.

Among its most famous disclosures was the claim that most Arab states secretly share Israel’s belief that Iran poses the greatest threat to the region.



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