A judge in London has rejected Julian Assange’s attempt to delay his US extradition case.
The United States wants to try the Wikileaks co-founder over allegations of leaking government secrets.
His lawyers had asked for more time “to gather evidence” but District Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused and said a full hearing will begin in February.
Assange, 48, mumbled and paused as he gave his own name and date of birth in court.
Asked by the judge for his personal details, frail-looking Assange stuttered – apparently finding it hard to remember when he was born, according to the BBC’s Richard Galpin in court.
When his case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court was adjourned, the Australian complained that he had not understood proceedings, and said: “This is not equitable.”
Assange added: “I can’t research anything, I can’t access any of my writing. It’s very difficult where I am.”
He told the judge he is up against a “superpower” with “unlimited resources” and that he “can’t think properly”.