Assange faces extradition to the U.S. to face 18 hacking and espionage charges
Process is likely to take months if not years if he decides to appeal each stage
Today he appeared in court for the first time since May, following illness in jail
Judge rejects bid to have full hearing delayed. It will happen in February
Julian Assange fought back tears as he lost the first bout of his extradition battle when a judge rejected his pleas for a full court hearing to be delayed.
The Wikileaks founder appeared in person in court for the first time since May this morning after illness prevented him from being at previous hearings in his battle against extradition to the United States to face spying charges.
Assange, dressed in a navy suit and light blue jumper, raised his fist to supporters in the public gallery.