ASSANGE A DIVISIVE FIGURE IN AUS

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STORY: ASSANGE A DIVISIVE FIGURE IN AUS DATELINE: Feb. 10, 2011 LENGTH: 0:01:43 LOCATION: London INTRO The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is set to appear again in a London court on Friday for the third day of extradition hearings. Swedish prosecutors are trying to extradite the 39-year-old to face sexual misconduct charges. But Assange's defence team believes the case is politically motivated, while supporters say it's part of an effort by governments to suppress free speech. In Assange's home country, Australia, debate about the case and the wider impact of the website Wikileaks is dividing opinions just as much as anywhere, as CNC discovered at a recent seminar. PKG Ever since Julian Assange shot to prominence last year when his Wikileaks site published hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. military and diplomatic files, he's been dividing opinions. While he continues his legal fight to avoid being extradited to Sweden over sex crime charges, the debate about releasing Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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