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Julian Assange Extradition Could Take Months, or Even Years

  • Lawyers say Assange’s arguments will ultimately fail in court
  • Assange faces extradition to U.S. for hacking charges
Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England.

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England.

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Julian Assange spent seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London trying to avoid facing what he believed were imminent American charges. Now, after he finally overstayed his welcome, he will try to buy more time in the U.K. courts.

Lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder said he will fight extradition to the U.S., where he faces charges that he took part in a hacking conspiracy with ex-Army analyst Chelsea Manning to disclose classified government material.