WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could end up at Guantanamo Bay if he is extradited to Sweden, his lawyers will argue next month, according to legal papers they released Tuesday.
He would be at risk of mistreatment or even execution, they will argue, saying that means Britain cannot extradite him without violating his human rights.
"There is a real risk he could be made subject to the death penalty," Assange lawyers say in documents they released Tuesday, citing British media reports that Republican politicians Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee have called for him to be executed.
The lawyers released a preliminary outline of their planned arguments Tuesday, ahead of an extradition hearing for Assange next month.
Prosecutors in Sweden want him for questioning in connection with sexual misconduct allegations unrelated to WikiLeaks.
Assange has denied the allegations, and is free on 200,000 pounds ($310,000) bail while he fights extradition.
Assange and his lawyers appeared briefly in court in London Tuesday for a procedural hearing.
The judge in the case agreed to a change in Assange's bail conditions for two days next month so he can get to the main extradition hearing on time on February 7 and 8.FULL STORY