British judge denies bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A British judge on Wednesday denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bail as he challenges a US extradition request in the courts. Judge Vanessa Baraitser said she felt the 49-year-old Australian might try to flee if he was granted bail. The ruling means he will remain in Belmarsh Prison, in south-east London, as the case now moves to Britain’s High Court to be heard. Two days ago the same judge ruled Assange should not be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage due to concerns for his health. Lawyers for the US confirmed during Wednesday’s hearing, held at Westminster Magistrates Co…

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