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  • U.K. Approves Julian Assange’s Extradition to U.S.

    LONDON—WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can now be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. to face espionage charges after British Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the order.

    The decision, which Mr. Assange has said he would appeal, is the latest step in a long-running legal saga.

    A London court authorized Mr. Assange’s extradition in April, overturning an earlier decision that had barred it on the grounds that he would be a suicide risk if held in harsh conditions in a U.S. jail while awaiting trial.

    “The U.K. courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr. Assange. Nor have they found that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights,” the U.K. government said Friday.

    WikiLeaks called the decision “politically motivated” in a statement posted to Twitter Friday. “This is a dark day for Press freedom and for British democracy,” it said.

    “We’re going to fight this,” said Mr. Assange’s wife, Stella, at a news conference. “I’m going to spend every waking hour fighting for Julian until he is free, until justice is served.”

    If extradited to the U.S. and convicted on all charges, Mr. Assange could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.

    The signing of the extradition order is a procedural step following the earlier court ruling, and will likely spark a lengthy appeal, said Nick Vamos, a lawyer at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.

    “This decision was inevitable given the very narrow grounds on which the home secretary can refuse extradition, but is unlikely to be the end of the road,” Mr. Vamos said. “This case could run for another six months at least.”

    Mr. Assange, 50 years old, is wanted in the U.S. on 18 counts of conspiring to disclose classified information and conspiring to hack a military computer. The alleged offenses relate to the publication in 2010 and 2011 by WikiLeaks of a huge trove of classified material that painted a bleak picture of the American campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their aftermath.

    Mr. Assange, who has been held at the U.K.’s high-security Belmarsh prison since 2019, has repeatedly defended his work and the wider WikiLeaks project as public-interest journalism that exposed wrongdoing by the U.S. and other governments.

    Amnesty International criticized the extradition decision, warning that Mr. Assange faced a high risk of being kept in prolonged solitary confinement.“Allowing Julian Assange to be extradited to the U.S. would put him at great risk and sends a chilling message to journalists the world over,” a spokesman said.

    “Diplomatic assurances provided by the U.S. that Assange will not be kept in solitary confinement cannot be taken on face value given previous history.”

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  • #2
    Hard to figure if this guy is a hero or a villain.

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    • #3
      Not sure who this matters to after all this time.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Lady Marva View Post
        Not sure who this matters to after all this time.
        The families of people who were exposed as foreign agents because of this leak probably care a whole lot.
        It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
        In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
        Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
        Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now