Remember when British courts ordered Wikileaks honcho Julian Assange to go to Sweden to face allegations of sexual abuse last February? Well, today Britain's Supreme Court reiterated that ruling, so it really looks like it is going to happen now. Unless...
Due to the way that the Court came to the conclusion that Assange should go back to Sweden—"the ruling turned on whether the Swedish prosecutor who made the extradition request was a competent 'judicial authority' under the terms of the European extradition treaty"—Assange's lawyers have requested and been granted an additional two week stay before British officials start the final extradition proceedings.
Of course, the sex allegations against Assange are very likely just the beginning of the man's legal worries. The general consensus appears to be that the U.S. is simply waiting to see how that case plays out before making its own charges against Assange. As Wikileaks put it in a statement: "WikiLeaks is under serious threat. The U.S., U.K., Swedish and Australian governments are engaging in a coordinated effort to extradite its editor in chief, Julian Assange, to the United States to face espionage charges for journalistic activities."
Due to London traffic, Assange (who hasn't actually been charged in Sweden, he's just wanted, for now, for questioning) was unable to appear in court.
Meanwhile, there is a pro-Assange rally planned for 1 p.m. outside the U.S. State Department office at the United Nations, followed by a march to the Australian Consulate.