British court to deliver Assange verdict today

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will learn, later on Wednesday, the verdict in his fight against extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual misconduct. Assange denies the claims and says they are politically-motivated.

­One way or another, the moment of truth is approaching the WikiLeaks whistleblower as the British High Court prepared to make a verdict as to whether or not Assange will be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over sexual assault allegations.

Both Assange and the Swedish prosecutors have the right to take the case to the Supreme Court.

If it does go to the Supreme Court, it is likely that the entire basis of the European arrest warrant, under which people can be extradited to other EU countries to face questions with very little evidence, will be put under scrutiny. Many in the UK would welcome that.

If the judge rules out further appeals one of two things will happen. Assange could be set free immediately after 11 months living under strict bail conditions. Or his feet might not touch the ground as he could be extradited to Sweden within 14 days.

Either way, his life’s work is under threat. WikiLeaks is in crippling financial trouble and maybe forced to close in the New Year.

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