Assange no to extradition to US

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has told a UK judge he will not agree to be extradited to the United States.

Assange’s first extradition hearing was held at a court in London on Thursday. Dozens of people gathered in front of the venue to show their support for him.

Assange attended the hearing via a video link. He described himself as a journalist who has won many awards and protected many people.

The US has charged him with conspiring with a former soldier to break into a classified government computer. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted.

The hearing was held one day after Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for failing to surrender to a court in 2012.

Last month, he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he had taken refuge for about seven years.

The next hearing will be held at the end of this month.

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