WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (File Photo).
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court that his life was 'effectively at stake' as he battled being sent to the U.S. to face charges that he endangered national security.
The court appearance comes after Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed an order that lets an American bid to extradite Assange to formally proceed. Assange, in a gray shirt and wearing glasses, spoke at the end of the hearing to ask for details of the American indictment, which he's yet to see.
The charges relate to one of the largest leaks of classified information in the history of the U.S., Ben Brandon, a lawyer for the American government, said.
"This case is an outrageous and full-frontal assault on journalistic rights and free speech," Assange's lawyer Mark Summers said.