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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attempts to avoid U.S. extradition

Julian Assange's lawyers opened a final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that American authorities are seeking to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the U.S. government.
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Julian Assange's lawyers opened a final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that American authorities are seeking to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the U.S. government
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Demonstrators hold banners outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Artist Kaya Mar holds up his painting of Julian Assange as demonstrators hold banners outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Stella Assange, foreground right, wife of Julian Assange arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Stella Assange, right, wife of Julian Assange arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Stella Assange wife, right, of Julian Assange arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Stella Assange wife, right, of Julian Assange arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Demonstrators hold banners outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Demonstrators hold banners outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Ribbons are tied to the railings outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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A banner is left outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Demonstrators hold banners outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Demonstrators hold banners outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Stella Assange, wife of Julian Assange speaks outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Julian Assange's father John Shipton gestures, outside the Royal Courts Of Justice, ahead of a two-day hearing in the extradition case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. Assange’s lawyers will begin their final U.K. legal challenge to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges. The 52-year-old has been fighting extradition for more than a decade, including seven years in self-exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and the last five years in a high-security prison.
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Demonstrators hold banners and placards outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. Julian Assange’s lawyers will begin their final U.K. legal challenge to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges. The 52-year-old has been fighting extradition for more than a decade, including seven years in self-exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and the last five years in a high-security prison.
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Demonstrators hold banners outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. Julian Assange’s lawyers will begin their final U.K. legal challenge to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges. The 52-year-old has been fighting extradition for more than a decade, including seven years in self-exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and the last five years in a high-security prison.
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A demonstrator holds a Julian Assange mask outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. Julian Assange’s lawyers will begin their final U.K. legal challenge to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges. The 52-year-old has been fighting extradition for more than a decade, including seven years in self-exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and the last five years in a high-security prison.
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Stella Assange wife of Julian Assange leaves at lunchtime the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Stella Assange wife of Julian Assange gives a speech outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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Stella Assange wife of Julian Assange gives a speech outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.
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A banner is held up outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make his final appeal against his impending extradition to the United States at the court.

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