London confirms Julian Assange's extradition to the United States

London confirms Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States

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11:38 AM, June 17, 2022

The British government confirmed on Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States, where he is on trial for the massive leak of classified documents.

The British government confirmed on Friday that it had signed an extradition order for the WikiLeaks founder. Julian Assange to the United States, where he is on trial for the massive leak of classified documents. “En vertu de la loi de 2003 sur l’extradition, la ministre d’État doit signer une ordonnance d’extradition s’il n’y an aucun motif d’interdire l’ordonnance”, a déclaré un porte-parole du ministère interior.

‘Dark day for press freedom’

In a press release, WikiLeaks denounced a “dark day for press freedom.” “In this case, the UK courts did not find that Mr Assange’s extradition would be oppressive, unjust or a violation of the process. Nor did they find that the extradition would not be compatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and freedom of expression, and that While in the United States he will be treated appropriately, including with regard to his health.”

A 50-year-old Australian can appeal within 14 days.

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Julian Assange faces 175 years in prison

He is required by the US judicial system who wants to sentence him for publishing, as of 2010, more than 700,000 classified documents on US military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. He faces 175 years in prison.

He was arrested in 2019 after spending more than seven years as a refugee at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

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