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WikiLeaks Founder Assange Seeks Bail In U.K. Court


Julian Assange arrives at a London prison on December 7

Julian Assange arrives at a London prison on December 7

Lawyers for Julian Assange, who has been detained in London over allegations of sex crimes in Sweden, are expected to try again to win bail for the WikiLeaks founder who has triggered Washington's anger over his release of secret U.S. diplomatic messages.

Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, handed himself in to British police last week after Sweden issued a European arrest warrant over allegations by two Swedish women of sexual misconduct by Assange.

A Swedish prosecutor wants to question Assange about the accusations, which Assange has denied.

Assange was refused release at an initial British court hearing last week over fears he could try to flee the country.

Assange and his lawyers have recently said they believe U.S. prosecutors may be preparing to indict him for espionage after WikiLeaks published details from a trove of some 250,000 secret U.S. documents the website has obtained.

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