Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks onstage via Skype at "A Virtual Conversation with Julian Assange" during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Waytao Shing/Ge LONDON - The British government on Friday ordered the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges, a milestone - but not the end - of a decade-long legal saga sparked by his website's publication of classified U.S.
documents.WikiLeaks said it would challenge the order, and Assange's lawyers have 14 days to lodge an appeal."We’re not at the end of the road here," Assange's wife, Stella Assange, said. "We’re going to fight this."Julian Assange has battled in British courts for years to avoid being sent to the U.S., where he faces 17 charges of espionage and one charge of computer misuse.American prosecutors say the Australian citizen helped U.S.
Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning steal classified diplomatic cables and military files that WikiLeaks later published, putting lives at risk.To his supporters, Assange, 50, is a secrecy-busting journalist who exposed U.S.