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Court: WikiLeaks' Assange to be extradited

Julian Assange, the public face of WikiLeaks, loses his appeal in case involving charges of sexual assault and must go to Sweden to face questioning.

Julian Assange in England in December 2010.
Julian Assange in England in December 2010. by Jonathan Skillings, CNET

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has lost his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sexual assault.

On Wednesday, the High Court in London said the 40-year-old Australian must comply with an extradition ruling made by chief magistrate Howard Riddle in February. Assange has been living in the U.K. under bail while his appeal was heard.

Assange's lawyers argued that the WikiLeaks editor would not be able to get a fair hearing in Sweden and that the Swedish prosecutor making the extradition request is not qualified to issue the European Arrest Warrant served on Assange.

Some of Assange's backers have suggested the U.S. has exerted influence on Sweden to push on with the extradition and questioning. WikiLeaks embarrassed the U.S. when it published hundreds of thousands of confidential U.S. embassy documents.

Read more of "Assange loses extradition appeal" at ZDNet UK.