U.K.’s top court backs extradition of WikiLeaks boss Assange
Those allegations, paired with the ponderous progress of Mr Assange’s appeals, have caused irritation in Sweden.
Claes Borgstrom, the lawyer who represents the two Swedish women who accuse Mr. Assange of sex crimes, expressed relief at the U.K. Supreme Court’s decision, but he said the British judicial system should have dealt with the case more quickly.
“Now, finally, we have a decision,” Mr. Borgstrom told AP, saying the long wait had been stressful for his clients. He dismissed suggestions that the underlying motive behind the extradition was to hand Mr. Assange over to the United States.
Unusually, Mr. Assange did not appear in court Wednesday; he reportedly was stuck in traffic. Attempts to reach him for comment weren’t immediately successful.
Associated Press writers Karl Ritter in Stockholm and Rod McGuirk in Sydney, Australia, contributed to this report.