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    London: Assange's hearing enters final stage

    London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's hearing entered the final stage on Wednesday. Assange appealed for the third time to the Britain's Supreme Court not to extradite him to Sweden over accusations of sex crimes - a move that could push his anti-secrecy website further toward oblivion.

    Australian-born Assange, 40, became a worldwide celebrity and infuriated the US government in 2010 when WikiLeaks released secret video footage and thousands of US diplomatic cables about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Since then, the scoops have dried up and WikiLeaks has faded from the news headlines, starved of cash by major credit card companies that are refusing to process online donations to it, and bogged down by Assange's protracted legal troubles.

    A charismatic but temperamental figure, Assange was detained in Britain in December 2010 on a European arrest warrant issued by a Swedish prosecutor after two female former WikiLeaks volunteers accused him of sexual assault.

    His lawyers argue that the warrant is invalid because it was issued by a prosecutor rather than a neutral judge or court.

    If the Supreme Court rejects the argument, he may take his case to the European Court of Human Rights but it is unclear whether that would stop his extradition to Sweden.

    The Supreme Court hearings will last two days and the court is expected to announce its decision some weeks later.

    With Additional Inputs from Reuters