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Julian Assange loses battle to stop extradition to Sweden, but may get reprieve from legal loophole

National Post | News

LONDON — A year and a half since he was arrested, Julian Assange is still in Britain, having once more managed to avoid extradition to Sweden through yet another twist in his lengthy legal battle.

The Supreme Court, his final legal avenue of appeal in Britain, ruled Wednesday that he could be extradited, rejecting his appeal on a specific technical point.

But on a new technical issue raised by his lawyers, the 40-year-old Australian is still no nearer to being forced on a plane, his team having won a chance to reopen the case.

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Eighteen months ago, his anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks was riding high following its first major releases of classified US documents that captured worldwide attention.

But with WikiLeaks in financial difficulties after a funding blockade, it is Assange himself making headlines more than bombshell leaks on the website.

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