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Assange supporters gather outside London court ahead of hearing

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Supporters of founder on Friday gathered outside the in London ahead of his hearing on the possible extradition to the

The 47-year-old is facing charges by the of violating the Espionage Act and conspiring to hack into a classified document. If the charges are proven, Assange could be imprisoned for upto 175 years in the US, reports

The hearing has come a day after Britain's signed an extradition request sent by the

"Mr Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the of America. He is accused of offences including computer misuse and the unauthorised disclosure of national defence information," Javid had said after signing the extradition request.

The US prosecutors initially charged Assange with a single count of computer intrusion, but last month added 17 new counts, including controversial charges under the Espionage Act for encouraging, receiving and publishing national defence information in concert with former Army intelligence

Assange is currently serving 50 weeks imprisonment sentence in for skipping bail to avoid being sent to over sexual assault allegations. The Australian whistleblower has denied the allegations against him, asserting that they were politically motivated.

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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 16:40 IST