Julian Assange is one step closer to surrender as the United States wins court appeal in the United Kingdom


The US government has appealed in a British court for the surrender of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The ruling represents a major setback in his fight to avoid being handed over to US authorities on suspicion of espionage.

The London High Court said on December 10, a guarantee by U.S. authorities was sufficient to ensure that Assange, who was indicted in the United States for his role in the issuance of classified military and diplomatic cables, would be treated humanely. I ruled that there was.

The British High Court has instructed the judges of the lower courts to send a delivery request by the Secretary of the Interior of the United Kingdom, who oversees the enforcement of British law and has the final say on whether to deliver Assange.

Friday’s ruling is a January ruling by a British court that saw Assange’s “special administrative measures” that he was likely to face in the United States as “repressive” because it adversely affected Assange’s mental health. Overturn. District Judge Vanessa Barreitzer denied surrender in January because Assange could attempt suicide if detained under harsh conditions.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by car
The building is visible in the window when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears in London on May 1, 2019, on suspicion of jumping on British bail. (Matt Dunham / AP)

Court documents Quoted by CNN The basis for the High Court’s decision to grant the delivery request is that it was the “four guarantees” provided by the US authorities regarding the circumstances that Asanji would face in the United States. These are due to Assange not facing “special administrative measures”, he not being held in the largest prison, and being transferred to Australia to be sentenced to his sentence if the United States is convicted. Agree to the application, and he will receive clinical and psychological treatment while in a US detention center.

Assange’s fiancĂ©, Stella Morris, called the High Court’s ruling “dangerous and wrong” and “a serious false charge of justice.” Statement issued Protect the WikiLeaks website.

Stella Morris
Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Morris, will address protesters outside the London High Court on October 27, 2021. (Frank Augustine / AP photo)

In a statement, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Christine Frafson published a document that the High Court ruled that Assange’s life was “again under serious threat and inconvenient for governments and businesses. There is also the right of a journalist. “

“This is about the right to free press to publish without being threatened by the bully superpower,” Hrafnsson added.

Assange’s supporters gathered outside the London High Court on Friday to raise a flag demanding his release. Many of his supporters consider Assange to be a hero by revealing what he describes as an abuse of state power and defending freedom of speech.

US prosecutors have described Assange as a dangerous enemy of the nation. That decision endangered the lives of the sources mentioned in the leaked material, with the decision to release the classified cable.

“These sources of human information included local Afghans and Iraqis, journalists, religious leaders, human rights defenders, and political opponents from oppressive governments,” the Ministry of Justice said. Said in the announcement 18-count indictment against Assange in May 2019.

“Assange’s actions risk serious harm to U.S. national security for the benefit of the enemy and serious physical harm and / or arbitrary detention of unedited designated human resources. I was in serious and imminent danger, “said the Justice Department.

Assange has been detained in a British prison since 2019 after police took him out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London before being arrested for violating bail conditions.

In 2012, Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy and faced allegations of sex crimes, avoiding handing over to Sweden, which was repeatedly denied and eventually withdrawn.

Tom Ojimek


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