A London court has extended the date of hearing in Wikileaks founder Julian Assange extradition case to February next year.

Assange is facing charges of violating the Espionage Act by the US.

He is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence for violating bail conditions in 2012 when he was wanted on accusations of sexual assault in Sweden.

The 47-year-old Assange faces an 18-count indictment issued by the US Justices Department last month.

According to an ANI report, the hearing came a day after Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the extradition request sent by the US Justice Department.

“Mr Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the USA. He is also accused of offences including computer misuse and the unauthorised disclosure of national defence information.” Javid had said after signing the extradition request.

Julian Assange, who is accused of one of the largest leaks of classified information in the US, was arrested and removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in the month of April.