WikiLeaks founder Assange fights extradition

CBC News

An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought on Tuesday in London to block his extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, arguing that Swedish authorities’ case is flawed.

Defence attorney Ben Emmerson said that Assange’s case rests on several points, among them that the European arrest warrant issued against him inaccurately described what happened and that, given that the 40-year-old Australian is only wanted for questioning, extraditing him would be disproportionate.

Emmerson, addressing the gathered media, emphasized that he was not trying to denigrate Assange’s accusers. But he insisted that Assange’s sexual encounters had been "entirely consensual."

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