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WikiLeaks fouder Assange faces long extradition battle

founder Julian Assange woke up in a British jail Friday at the start of a likely lengthy extradition battle after a dramatic end to his seven-year stay in Ecuador’s London embassy. Within hours of his arrest, the 47-year-old Australia appeared in court for breaching his British bail conditions set back in 2012 and to face a subsequent US extradition request. He was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court and faces up to 12 months in a British prison. Assange moved into the Ecuadorian embassy in June 2012 after breaching a European arrest warrant. After Assange was arrested, American officials unsealed an indictment against him for computer hacking as part of his WikiLeaks whistleblowing activities. But now various European factions are fighting for Assange not to be extradited. French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has said that she believes France should grant Assange asylum.

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