UK judge warns Assange on US extradition hearing attendance

LONDON (AP) — A British judge says Julian Assange must attend his next court hearing unless he can provide medical evidence to support his absence. Lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder said Assange was too sick to attend the latest hearing on his U.S. extradition case by video link from prison Monday. The 48-year-old Australian has been indicted in the U.S. on 18 charges over the publication of classified documents. He is in London’s Belmarsh Prison awaiting a full extradition hearing, which has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally due to begin in May, it is now scheduled to start Sept. 7,