WikiLeaks' Assange seeks to overturn extradition

Britain's judiciary says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has filed a bid to challenge his extradition in the country's highest court.
The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, centre, speaks to the media after his extradition hearing at the High Court in London on Nov. 2. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange filed a bid Tuesday to challenge his extradition to Sweden in Britain's highest court, says the Judicial Office.

On Nov. 2, two judges rejected the 40-year-old hacker's challenge to an order that he be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of rape and molestation.

Assange will ask High Court judges at a Dec. 5 hearing to rule that his case raises a question of general public importance and should be considered by the Supreme Court.

Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson declined to comment on why Assange decided to apply for a hearing in the Supreme Court, saying he did not have the full details.

"This is a personal matter not a WikiLeaks matter," he told The Associated Press. "This is a separate issue from the organization."