WikiLeaks’ Assange extradition appeal to be heard next month

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal against his extradition from Britain to the United States will be heard next month, London court officials said Tuesday.

Australian-born Assange, 52, is fighting extradition to the United States where he is wanted on 18 charges, almost all under the Espionage Act, linked to WikiLeaks’ mass publication of documents US secrets – the largest security breaches of its kind in the US military. history.

Last month, the High Court in London granted him permission to appeal his argument that he might not be able to invoke his right to free speech at a trial in a US court.

This call will now take place on July 9 and 10, a spokesperson for the British Department of Justice said.