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Assange denied bail


MADISON (WKOW) -- A British judge has denied bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who told a London court he intends to fight attempts to extradite him to Sweden on sex-crime allegations.

Judge Howard Riddle told Assange he had "substantial grounds" to believe the 39-year-old Australian wouldn't turn up for subsequent proceedings. He then put Assange into U.K. custody ahead of an extradition hearing.

Assange was arrested this morning in a pre-arranged handover at a London police station, on a Swedish warrant of alleged sexual-assault, according to Scotland Yard. The former computer hacker had been in hiding since his website released secret U.S. diplomatic documents and cables.

London police said in a statement that Assange is "accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010."

Assange denies the allegations.

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