The High Court of Justice in London authorizes the extradition of Assange to the United States.

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The High Court of Justice of London approved this Friday extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. The London Court of Appeal returned the case of Assange’s extradition to the US to a lower court in Westminster, while the WikiLeaks founder remains incarcerated.

The court noted that it is satisfied with the guarantees of the US side that Assange will not be subjected to the harsh regime known as special administrative measures when in custody in the North American country. The judge stated that Assange’s defense has the right to contest the verdict filing an appeal. “The court allows the appeal to be filed,” he said.

For their part, the partner of WikiLeaks founder Stella Moris called the decision “a serious judicial error“How can it be fair, how can it be correct, how can it be possible to extradite Julian to the same country that planned to kill him?” will file an appeal “as soon as possible”.

Reporters Without Borders has also condemned the court’s decision. “We strongly believe that Julian Assange was persecuted for his contributions to journalism“wrote on Twitter the secretary general of the organization, Christophe Deloire. He also warned that the case may have” dangerous consequences for the future of press freedom in the world”.

October 27 and 28 The trial before which the appeal filed by the US was filed was held in London after the British Justice refused in January to extradite the founder of WikiLeaks. Judge Vanessa Baraitser explained that the rejection of Washington’s request responds to fears that the activist could commit suicide, arguing that the extradition would be “oppressive” due to Assange’s mental health.

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For its part, the US assured the UK that if it extradited Assange, it could serve your sentence in Australia, the country where you were born.

After the hearing, the court postponed the decision, without giving a specific date.

  • In the US, Assange is accused of espionage and hacking charges after the publication since 2010 of hundreds of thousands of pages of secret military documents and diplomatic cables on the activities of the North American country in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which were disseminated by its WikiLeaks leak portal. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.
  • In April 2019, the cyber activist was detained at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where for seven years he obtained refuge and even the Ecuadorian nationality. He is currently incarcerated in the maximum security prison in Belmarsh, United Kingdom.
  • Assange’s defense argues that he is entitled to First Amendment protection of the US Constitution for his status as a journalist, which also extends to the publication of the leaked documents.

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