Julian Assange Denied Bail by U.K. Judge

WikiLeaks founder is deemed a flight risk

Julian Assange appeared at the Old Bailey, London, on Wednesday, where he was denied bail.

Photo: Elizabeth Cook/Zuma Press

LONDON—A British judge refused bail for Julian Assange pending a U.S. appeal against a decision to deny his extradition to the U.S. on spying charges.

香蕉视频苹果下载Judge Vanessa Baraitser said the WikiLeaks founder posed a flight risk. The decision means Mr. Assange will remain in a British jail until the appeal is heard, which lawyers say should be within a few months.

Mr. Assange, a 49-year-old Australian, is wanted in the U.S. on 18 charges of breaking espionage laws and conspiring to hack a military computer. The alleged offenses relate to the publication in 2010 and 2011 by WikiLeaks of a huge trove of classified material that painted a bleak picture of the American campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and their aftermath.

Mr. Assange has repeatedly defended his work and the wider WikiLeaks project as public-interest journalism that exposed wrongdoing by the U.S. and other governments. The high-profile case has ignited debate over the scope of press freedom in the internet age, and sparked concern that conventional media outlets and reporters could similarly be pursued for publishing government secrets.

Judge Baraitser on Monday refused Mr. Assange’s extradition to the U.S., saying his fragile mental health means he would likely attempt suicide if incarcerated in a U.S. prison while awaiting trial.

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