October 21, 2019 / 10:42 AM / 24 days ago

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied delay to extradition hearing by London judge

Demonstrators protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court, where a case management hearing in the U.S. extradition case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is held, in London, Britain, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The full extradition hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will go ahead in February 2020 after London judge Vanessa Baraitser declined a request by his lawyers to delay proceedings by three months.

Assange, 48, faces 18 counts in the U.S. including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted.

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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