Mr. Assange must return to the court for full extradition hearing on Jan. 11. The 39-year-old Australian native turned himself over to British authorities last week, although he denies the Swedish sexual assault accusations against him. (Editor's note: The original version of this story misstated the status of Swedish interest in Mr. Assange's case. He has been accused, but not charged.)
WikiLeaks has fueled an international outcry with the release of sensitive information from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most recently is in the process of releasing thousands of secret US diplomatic cables.
There is strong American support for Assange’s arrest. The New York Times reported yesterday that Justice Department officials are looking for evidence that Assange personally was involved in encouraging Pfc. Bradley Manning in leaking classified information to WikiLeaks and thus could be charged as a conspirator in the leak.
But lawyer Gemma Lindfield, representing the Swedish state, told the London court that "politics and Assange's activism have nothing to do with the case," the Monitor reported. She said that the charges against Assage are a "simple case of credible allegations of rape being made against Assange by two women, and that he should be brought to Sweden to stand trial."