Verdict on Assange’s US extradition on Jan 4

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A British judge said on Thursday she would give her decision early next year on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face 18 charges, including espionage. The US authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating a secrecy law with Wikileaks release of confidential official communications in 2010-2011. To admirers, Assange is a champion of free speech who exposed abuses of power.—Agencies