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Assange to appear in court over sex-crime case

LONDON (AP) - Demonstrators are expected to gather outside a London courtroom today when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (ah-SAHNJ') attempts to fight extradition to Sweden. He faces a sex-crime investigation there.

Assange is being represented by a high profile attorney and will attempt to secure bail. He's been in custody for a week.

The Australian was ordered held in custody by a judge at a hearing Dec. 7 after surrendering himself to Scotland Yard to answer a Swedish arrest warrant.

Supporters are planning to protest Assange's detention. They contend his legal problems are tied to WikiLeaks' decision to publish secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

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