A UK judge rejected a request by Assange’s lawyers to delay his US extradition hearing until January on Monday. Previously, Assange’s defense team asked for more time to prepare a response to fresh allegations that he conspired with hackers to obtain classified information. Ahead of the decision, Julian Assange’s partner, lawyer Stella Moris, delivered a petition with nearly 80,000 signatures calling for the release of the WikiLeaks founder. The petition, organized by media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), was delivered to Downing Street, the seat of the UK government. Read more: UK court weighs extradition of WikiLeaks founder to US ‘Politically motivated case’ Assange hearing continued at London’s Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, on Monday. The activist appeared in the dock wearing a dark suit and maroon tie — the first time he was seen in public since the first part of the hearing took place in February. It had been scheduled to go ahead in April, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assange, seen here in court on Monday, is accused of publishing secret documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan The 48-year-old Australian spoke to confirm his name and date of birth, and said he did not consent… Read full this story
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