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    A general view of the Ecuadorian Embassy where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been holed out since 2012, in London, Friday, April 5, 2019

    Protesters Gather Outside Ecuadorian Embassy After Assange Case Hearing

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    Following his arrest on 11 April at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Washington demanded Julian Assange's extradition to the US. The whistleblower is accused of conspiring to commit computer intrusion against the Pentagon.

    Crowds gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday following a hearing in Westminster Magistrates' Court on Washington's demand to deport whistleblower and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the US. 

    READ MORE: Assange: I Do Not Wish to Surrender Myself for Extradition for Doing Journalism

    The protesters chanted slogans calling for Assange's release, expressing their opposition to any extradition bid. Police officers are also present at the site. 

    Following Assange's arrest on 11 April at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Washington called for his extradition to the US. The whistleblower is accused of conspiring to commit computer intrusion. WikiLeaks, for its part, said the United States wants to build an espionage case against Assange. An espionage charge can carry the death penalty or imprisonment for life.

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