Assange fears for his life in the US

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London, Dec 24: The Wikileaks saga refuses to die down. The man in the center of the controversy, Julian Assange has irked all countries with the revealing cable documents, especially the United States of America. But Assange has worries of a different sort. He fears that there is a "high chance"he would be killed if he were to be extradited to the US.

The fact was revealed in an interview with The Guardian. Assange is in Britain at the moment after being arrested there on sexual molestation charges. The Australian is out on bail after high-profile interference from celebrities and public.The US has not been able to nail him to an offence that led to the scandalous US cable leaks.

Assange has been quoted as saying that it would be "politically impossible" for Britain to send him across to the US. "Legally the UK has the right to not extradite for political crimes. Espionage is the classic case of political crimes. It is at the discretion of the UK government as to whether to apply to that exception," he said.

He also accused the US authorities of " trying to strike a plea deal" with Bradley Manning who is the jailed US Army soldier responsible for leaking the classified US documents. Assange also feared that he would be killed in a "Jack Ruby-style" in an American prison.

Assange is staying in a friends mansion in Britain and is on strict bail conditions that involve reporting to the cops daily and wearing an electronic tag. The London court will hear Assange's plea on his Swedish extradition on Feb 7.

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