Lawyers said they needed more time to prepare a response to the new indictment of the US Department of Justice.
A British court on Monday rejected a request by lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to postpone his extradition hearing until next year to give his lawyers more time to prepare a response to US allegations that he colluded with hackers to obtain classified information.
The request for a delay came on the first day of a hearing in a London court, where the issue of Assange’s extradition to the United States is being considered.
The US attorney’s office has charged the 49-year-old Australian with 18 counts of espionage and computer misuse in connection with the publication of secret military documents a decade ago. The maximum term of imprisonment is 175 years.
Assange’s lawyers insist the case is politically motivated.
In June, the US Department of Justice filed a new indictment, and Assange’s lawyer, Mark Summers, said that lawyers did not have enough time to deal with the new text by the time the court hearings began on Monday.