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Julian Assange 3rd Appeal Against Extradition Denied

Written by John Ritchie on May 30, 2012

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has failed to avoid extradition to Sweden to face rape charges after losing a 3rd appeal. Australian born Assange will now be deported to Stockholm in 2 weeks time unless he decides to appeal the decision in the European Court of Human Rights. Assange’s legal team had argued that the extradition was issued by a prosecutor and not a judge; however, the court ruled 5 – 2 against Assange. The court’s judgment read: “By a majority the court has concluded that the Swedish public prosecutor was a ‘judicial authority’ … “.

Assange claims he is innocent of the crimes he has been charged with and his supporters believe the allegations have been fabricated in a bid to eventually charge him in the US for leaking government information. Two Swedish women claim Assange raped and molested them when he was visiting Sweeden in 2010; Assange claims it was consensual sex.

Last year Assange made his first ever public address at a Music Festival via a recorded video at Splendour in the Grass, where he discussed the powers struggling for control of the internet; you can watch it in full below:

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