Assange in 'good spirits', to meet legal team: lawyer

9th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said they will meet him later Thursday in a London jail, where he remains in "very good spirits" and confident of winning his fight against extradition.

They will discuss a possible bid to win his release on bail ahead of a December 14 hearing on extradition to Sweden, where Assange is wanted for questioning over rape allegations, lawyer Jennifer Robinson said.

"We will be seeing him today," Robinson told AFP.

Asked if they would be seeking a hearing before the scheduled one on December 14, she said: "I would rather not comment on that because it is a matter we will be discussing with him today.

"I believe he is fine. My colleague Mark Stephens spoke to him yesterday and he was in very good spirits. He (Assange) was confident that we will be able to clear his name and that we will be able to beat this."

The Australian WikiLeaks boss, whose website is currently publishing thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables, surrendered to British police on Tuesday after Sweden issued a European arrest warrant.

A British court denied bail to the 39-year-old on the grounds that he presented a risk of flight and he is currently being held in Wandsworth prison in London.

High-profile human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who has dual British and Australian nationality, is to represent Assange in his fight against extradition.

Assange's supporters say the case against him is politically motivated.

The lawyer for the two women in Sweden who brought the sexual assault claims against him insisted Wednesday, however, that the claims have nothing to do with the furore over WikiLeaks.

© 2010 AFP

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