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US 'trying to invent law' to extradite Assange


As the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, prepares his case against extradition to answer allegations of sexual assault in Sweden, one of his prominent supporters says the United States is "trying to invent a law" under which they might also attempt to extradite Mr Assange.

The investigative journalist John Pilger, told Today presenter Sarah Montague that Mr Assange "was not going to get justice in Sweden" and it was very important his case was heard in Britain.

Daily Telegraph columnist Janet Daley disagreed, saying that "the idea of Sweden as some notorious banana republic just doesn't wash". And she added that there was "a perfectly straightforward case" for bringing charges against Mr Assange in the United States.

Mr Assange, who denies the Swedish allegations, has indicated that the US is preparing to indict him on espionage charges. A spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice would confirm only that there is "an ongoing investigation into the Wikileaks matter".

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