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WikiLeaks founder Assange one step closer to extradition to United States

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By Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on Friday moved a step closer to facing criminal charges in the United States for breaking spying law and conspiring to hack government computers after Washington won an appeal over his extradition in an English court. U.S. authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 50, of 18 counts relating to WikiLeaks’ release of vast troves of confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables which they said had put lives in danger. His supporters cast Assange as an anti-establishment hero who has been victimised by the United States …

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