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WikiLeaks founder refused bail

RIA Novosti

19:11 07/12/2010

LONDON, December 7 (RIA Novosti) - Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, was denied bail and remanded in custody until December 14 by a London court on Tuesday, CNN reported.

Assange had earlier in the day turned himself in to police. Last week, Swedish prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for the 39-year-old Australian on suspicion of committing sexual assaults. Assange denies the allegations.

WikiLeaks is under increasing international pressure over the release of thousands of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables in late November.

Assange's lawyers fear that following their client's extradition to Sweden he could be then extradited to the United States where he could face death penalty for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has been forced to move to a Swiss host after being dumped by U.S. Internet companies. However, it continues to spawn mirror sites around the world, despite Washington's efforts to halt its activities.

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