UK judge sets February 2020 for Assange extradition hearing

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London: Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court, where he was found guilty of breaching his bail, in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. A bearded and shouting Julian Assange was pulled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and hauled into court Thursday, the start of an extradition battle for the WikiLeaks founder who faces U.S. charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents. (AP/PTI Photo)

London: Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he was found guilty of breaching his bail, in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. A bearded and shouting Julian Assange was pulled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and hauled into court Thursday, the start of an extradition battle for the WikiLeaks founder who faces U.S. charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents. (AP/PTI Photo)

A British judge on Friday scheduled a full extradition hearing to begin in February next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is wanted in the United States on espionage charges.

Assange, 47, is accused of violating the Espionage Act by releasing a vast trove of classified military and diplomatic files in 2010 about US bombing campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence for violating British bail conditions in 2012.

(PTI)