A British court has set a date early next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face a US extradition attempt over his role in revealing classified government and military information.
The judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday set a full extradition hearing for Feb. 25, 2020. It is expected to last about five days.
Assange, who has been suffering from ill health in prison, appeared in court via video link.
He appeared to be tired and showed signs of a possible hand tremor.
He was again sporting a grey-white beard after having shaved it off before his last court appearance.
Ben Brandon, a British lawyer representing the US government, told a hearing that the case “related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States.”
US officials are seeking to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act, blaming him for directing WikiLeaks’ publication of a huge trove of secret documents that disclosed the names of people who provided confidential information to American and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.