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UK: Assange supporters surround prison van thinking whistleblower contained inside [UPDATE]

United Kingdom, London
October 21, 2019 at 11:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

[UPDATED ] A prison van initially thought to contain WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange passed by his supporters who were protesting outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Monday.

Police held back protesters in order to allow the blacked-out vehicle to drive by. It later turned out however that the whistleblower was apparently transported inside a different vehicle.

The WikiLeaks founder was due to appear in court for an extradition hearing. He is charged with computer-hacking and violating a US espionage law.

Assange completed his sentence for skipping bail on September 22, but remained in jail as a judge believed he could flee before his US extradition hearing.

He is facing the extradition request on espionage charges related to the publication of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

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[UPDATED ] A prison van initially thought to contain WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange passed by his supporters who were protesting outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Monday.

Police held back protesters in order to allow the blacked-out vehicle to drive by. It later turned out however that the whistleblower was apparently transported inside a different vehicle.

The WikiLeaks founder was due to appear in court for an extradition hearing. He is charged with computer-hacking and violating a US espionage law.

Assange completed his sentence for skipping bail on September 22, but remained in jail as a judge believed he could flee before his US extradition hearing.

He is facing the extradition request on espionage charges related to the publication of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

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