WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
has said his website will “step up” its release of secret diplomatic
cables and other materials.
He was speaking after he returned
to court to fight extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of sex crimes.
A full two-day hearing is set to
take place on 6 and 7 February after the Australian’s legal team said it would
be ready to start by then.
The controversial figure is behind
the release of hundreds of US diplomatic cables, as well as information about
the Iraq war, that sparked global uproar.
In a 10-minute hearing at Belmarsh
Magistrates’ Court, his QC Geoffrey Robertson said he was “confident”
everything would be in place by 7 February.
But Assange’s legal team also said
they fear he could face execution in the US if he is extradited to Sweden.
His lawyers suggested that
extraditing him to the Scandinavian country could breach Article 3 of the
European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which bans torture.
Speaking outside court, Assange said:
“Our work with WikiLeaks continues unabated and we are stepping up our
publishing for matters relating to ‘cablegate’ and other materials.
“This will shortly be occurring
through our newspaper partners around the world, big and small newspapers and
some human rights organisations.”
He is wanted by the Swedish
authorities over claims he sexually assaulted two women during a visit to
Stockholm in August.
He denies committing any offences
and his supporters claim the criminal inquiry and extradition request is unfair
and politically motivated.
Last month, Mr Assange was freed on
$374,000 bail by a High Court judge after spending nine days in Wandsworth