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Julian Assange loses appeal against extradition

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal against extradition to Sweden has failed. Read on to discover what happens next.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault, the BBC reports.

The controversial figure's lawyers say they will be asking the Supreme Court for permission to appeal again.

Assange has said he's afraid that if he's extradited to Sweden, the US could have him extradited again to the States over WikiLeaks' publication of classified diplomatic cables, where he fears he could face the death penalty, according to a BBC report from January.

An appeal was made against Assange's extradition in February, but that was denied. Since the beginning of the appeal process the infamous 40-year-old has been living in the UK on bail.

Assange is the man who founded WikiLeaks, the whistleblowing website best known for disclosing classified cables, including one that claimed that Google was hacked by China.

WikiLeaks recently stopped publishing leaked files however, with Assange claiming the site was fighting a "politically motivated banking blockade led by Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Western Union and the Bank of America."

Assange's legal team have two weeks to appeal to the Supreme Court -- the highest court in the land -- against extradition, on the grounds that it raises issues of general public importance. Assange's supporters at the courthouse today said they were "outraged" by the ruling.

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