Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

LONDON—A U.K. appeals court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual assault case.

The court Wednesday dismissed Mr. Assange’s appeal against a lower court’s decision to extradite him.

Wednesday’s ruling is not the end of the long extradition saga, however. The U.K. appeals court said it will hold a hearing in a few weeks’ time to decide whether Mr. Assange is allowed to appeal to the U.K.’s Supreme Court.

Sweden hasn’t formally charged Mr. Assange, but wants to question him over allegations that he raped one woman and molested another during a visit to Stockholm last summer. He denies any wrongdoing.

The court’s decision is a blow to the WikiLeaks founder, who has been fighting extradition since his arrest in the U.K. last December.

The court’s ruling comes as WikiLeaks says it is facing financial difficulties. Last month, WikiLeaks said it will shut down by year-end if financial-services companies don’t lift restrictions on donations that have hobbled the organization.

The website—which publishes leaked, sensitive document—said it is temporarily suspending all publishing operations so that it can devote its resources to battling Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc., eBay Inc.’s PayPal, Bank of America Corp. and other companies that have prohibited payments to the site since last December.

WikiLeaks has angered Washington by publishing thousands of classified government documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the secret diplomatic cables.

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