LONDON (AP) — A British judge has denied bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who told a London court he intends to fight his extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations.
Judge Howard Riddle told Assange that he had “substantial grounds” to believe the 39-year-old Australian wouldn’t turn up for subsequent proceedings. He then put Assange into U.K. custody ahead of an extradition hearing.
Assange faces allegations of sex crimes in Sweden. He denies the accusations.
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HP: Which leak has generated the most reader interest?
AR: If you mean which individual cable: the first day attracted the biggest traffic – though I think there is a huge number of people monitoring events today over the fate of Assange himself. The UN spying story generated a lot of reader interest. Of the individual countries I think Russia attracted the biggest traffic.Breaking news: a colleague reports: “The inside piece on how the US manipulated climate accord has been the biggest single story. Then the North Korea-China story, followed by Prince Andrew. Russia was pretty big as a package rather than for individual stories catching fire.”
So that’s scientific, as Julian Assange would say, as opposed to speculation.
HP: What has the popular reaction been in the U.K. to the decision to publish the cables?
AR: There have been one or two snap pieces of polling which didn’t show a strong feeling one way or the other. Some papers have been critical of individual cables released by Assange. Generally, the UK press has been avidly reporting the cables.