We are looking at a sentence somewhere between 20 years, if everything goes brilliantly, to 175 years, which the government could easily ask for, he said.
Assange's lawyers say the prosecution is politically motivated and that he will not receive a fair trial in the United States, They also argue that the conditions he would face in prison would breach his human rights.
Assange's legal woes began a decade ago, when WikiLeaks published classified UK military documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been in a British prison since he was ejected from his refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in April 2019.
The extradition hearing began a week ago at London's Central Criminal Court and is due to last until early October.
On Monday, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser denied a request by Assange's lawyers that everyone in the court wear masks to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus.
The hearing was briefly suspended last week while one lawyer for the US government was tested for COVID-19. The test came back negative.
Baraitser said masks were required in communal areas of the court building, and that anyone who wanted to wear one in the courtroom could do so.
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