7 May 2019
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, appearing before a British court Thursday, said he would not surrender to a U.S. extradition request as he defended his efforts to steal classified American government records as journalism. Thursday's hearing was the first in a case likely to drag on for months, if not years.
“There are significant legal obstacles for the U.S. case," said Dr Daniela Nadj, Lecturer in Public Law at Queen Mary University of London, adding that "many questions need to be answered.” Among them: If Sweden decides to renew its extradition claim whether a rape allegation should take precedence over a hacking one.
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