London confirms the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States
In a statement, WikiLeaks denounces “a dark day for freedom of the press”. Julian Assange can still appeal.
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While he is prosecuted for a massive leak of confidential documents, the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, will be extradited to the States States, the British government confirmed on Friday 17 June. “Under the Extradition Act 2003, the Minister of State must sign an extradition order if there are no grounds to bar the order,” a ministry spokesperson said. Home Affairs, confirming Minister Priti Patel signed the 50-year-old Australian's extradition order.
WikiLeaks called “a dark day for press freedom” in a statement . “In this case, the UK courts did not find that it would be oppressive, unfair or an abuse of process to extradite Julian Assange. Nor did they conclude that extradition would be inconsistent with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and freedom of expression, and that while he was in the United States he would be treated as appropriate manner, including with respect to his health,” the spokesperson noted. The 50-year-old Australian can appeal within 14 days.
He is claimed by the American justice system, which wants to judge him for the dissemination, from 2010, of more than 700,000 documents classified on US military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. He faces up to 175 years in prison. He was arrested in 2019 after spending more than seven years as a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.