U.S. lawyers tell UK court Assange can safely be extradited

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By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) -Lawyers for the United States launched a fresh attempt on Wednesday to have Julian Assange extradited from Britain, arguing that concerns about the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health should not prevent him from facing U.S. justice. The 50-year-old Australian is wanted in the United States on 18 criminal charges, including breaking a spying law, after WikiLeaks published thousands of secret U.S. files and diplomatic cables in 2010. Lawyers acting for the United States are appealing against a Jan. 4 ruling by a London District Judge that Assange should not be …

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