Wikileaks founder fears the death penalty

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he fears the death penalty if he is sent to face charges in the United States.

Mr Assange was in a London court overnight fighting against extradition to Sweden.

District Judge Nicholas Evans granted permission for the defence to release its legal arguments against extradition.

Mr Assange is wanted in Sweden to face sexual assault charges.

But his lawyer, Mark Stephens, is concerned that Swedish authorities will hand him over to the United States.

“The greatest fear has to be that they’ll trump some charge up which will put him in the electric chair,” Mr Stephens said.

Mr Assange has vowed to publish a new wave of US Government cables.

He says his whistleblowing work continues unabated by the legal proceedings against him. ABC