If granted, the court order would be the first step in a process to have Assange extradited from Britain, where he is serving a 50-week sentence for skipping bail.
Reacting to the decision, the WikiLeaks said reopening the investigation into the rape allegation against its founder Julian Assange will give him a chance to clear his name.
United Nations human rights experts voiced concern at the sentence of 50 weeks in prison imposed on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for skipping bail in Britain.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tells a court he would oppose extradition to the United States as the legal process begins in London, a day after he was jailed for breaching his bail conditions in a former case.
Judge Deborah Taylor says Julian Assange, who skipped bail in 2012 by fleeing to the Ecuadorian embassy, exploited his privileged position to flout the law and express his disdain for British justice.
British police whisked away WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he was holed up for nearly seven years.
The controversial Wikileaks co-founder has been arrested after seven years hiding out at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and charged by the US with conspiracy to hack a computer. Where does he go from here?
The WikiLeaks founder sought political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, after he was released on bail while facing extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning who served years in prison for leaking US classified documents was jailed again after refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.
Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort held secret talks with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including around the time the lobbyist joined Trump's bid to win the presidency, The Guardian reported.
Prosecutors revealed the existence of the sealed indictment inadvertently in a court filing in an unrelated case, WikiLeaks said.
Julian Assange, who has recently been rebuked by the Ecuadorian government, might have no other option than to leave the premises of the Ecuador embassy where he has been holed up for the last six years.
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