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Assange: Threat Of Extradition To U.S. "Increasingly Serious And Increasingly Likely"

Neon Tommy |
December 17, 2010 | 11:37 a.m. PST

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange (Photo Creative Commons)
Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange (Photo Creative Commons)
WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange told reporters Friday that the threat of facing extradition to the United States on charges of espionage is "increasingly serious and increasingly likely."

Speaking from the English manor at which he is under what he calls "high-tech house arrest," Assange said that "the risk we have always been concerned about is onward extradition to the United States."

United States Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the U.S. government is aggressively looking into the possibility of such charges.

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee in the U.S. Congress held hearings on the possibility of extradition for WikiLeaks founder Assange under the Espionage Act.

Assange has been freed on bail from a UK prison, where he was being held on accusations of sexual misconduct in Sweden.  That case is still pending.



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