LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are about to face off in a high-security London courthouse.
American authorities want to try Assange on espionage charges that carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison. The extradition hearing that starts Monday comes a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.
U.S. prosecutors say he conspired with army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to hack into a Pentagon computer and release secret files about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lawyers for Assange plan to argue that the case against him is politically motivated. A final decision on extradition is not expected for months or even years.