London, May 2 : A hearing on the US request for extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is expected to be held here on Thursday.
The hearing will start at 1000 hrs local time in Westminster Magistrate Court.
Shortly after Assange's arrest on April 11, WikiLeaks said the United States wanted to build an espionage case against Assange.
An espionage charge can carry a maximum sentence of death penalty or imprisonment for life.
However, the US Department of Justice said it was seeking Assange's extradition over "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified US government computer."
The United States has until June 12 to provide UK authorities with all necessary documents for Assange's extradition. (UNI)