Will Julian Assange be extradited to the U.S.?
Julian Assange: The WikiLeaks founder has the option to appeal the order, which would extend the years-long court struggle he has been fighting to prevent extradition to the United States.
On Friday, the British government gave its approval for Julian Assange to be sent to the United States. This is a big step toward putting the WikiLeaks founder on trial for espionage.
The founder of WikiLeaks has been fighting in court for years
The U.K.’s home secretary, Priti Patel, signed the extradition order for Assange, the Home Office said in a statement. Assange has 14 days to appeal the decision. At a news conference, Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson said that he would do this.
The founder of WikiLeaks has been fighting in court for years to keep from being sent to the U.S. to face 18 charges, including breaking espionage laws, which would put him on trial. He has been in London’s Belmarsh prison for three years while he waits to find out if he will be sent back to his home country.
Patel was expected to decide whether or not to send Assange to the U.S
“In this case, the U.K. courts have not found that extraditing Mr. Assange would be unfair, unjust, or an abuse of process,” “Someone from the Home Office said. “They also haven’t found that his human rights would be violated if he was sent back.
Patel was expected to decide whether or not to send Assange to the U.S. after a British court ruled in April that he could be sent there. Assange is wanted by U.S. authorities because WikiLeaks released huge amounts of secret U.S. military records and diplomatic cables, which Washington said put lives in danger.
A dark day for press freedom and for British democracy
He has said that he did nothing wrong. Assange, who is 50 years old, could get up to 175 years in prison if he is found guilty. His supporters and lawyers say that he was just doing his job as a reporter and that he can’t get a fair trial in the U.S. His family promised on Friday to keep fighting for him.
“The fight is not over today. His wife, Stella Assange, said in a statement that this is just the start of a new legal battle. She also said that the decision by the British government was “a dark day for press freedom and for British democracy”. “You didn’t do anything wrong”. “He hasn’t done anything wrong and isn’t a bad guy. He is a reporter and publisher, and he is getting in trouble for doing his job.”