Assange’s Request For Extradition To The United States Examined

The UK court on Thursday considers the request for extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by the United States, which considers it a threat to their security.

But supporters of Julian Assange fear that he will be the subject of additional charges once on US soil.

The UK court on Thursday considers the request for extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by the United States, which considers it a threat to their security.

Julian Assange is indicted by US criminal conspiracy justice for “hacking”, punishable by up to five years in prison, for helping former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning get a password to access thousands of classified secret-defence documents.

But supporters of Julian Assange fear that he will be the subject of additional charges once on US soil.

In 2012, the 47-year-old Australian fled justice and fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum. He was finally dislodged on 11 April by the British police, with permission from Quito.

When Julian Assange had taken refuge in the diplomatic compound, he was being prosecuted for rape – since filed – in Sweden. But he has always claimed to have evaded British justice for fear of not being extradited to Sweden, but of ending up in the United States and incurring the death penalty because of the publication of documents. American secrets.

Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate in court where the founder of Wikileaks was sentenced Wednesday for violation of his provisional release in London on May 1 2019 - Assange’s Request For Extradition To The United States Examined

Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate in court where the founder of Wikileaks was sentenced Wednesday for violation of his provisional release, in London on May 1, 2019

On Wednesday, in a London court in Southwark examining the violation of the conditions of his provisional release, Mr. Assange apologized “unreservedly to those who consider that I disrespected them”, by way of a letter read by his lawyer at the hearing.

“I did what I thought was best at the time, and maybe the only thing to do,” said WikiLeaks founder.

Judge Deborah Taylor said he had “exploited (his) privileged position to flout the law” and sentenced him to 50 weeks in prison.

“Question of life or death”

Assange returns to court on Thursday for “the most important battle,” Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor of Wikileaks, said on Wednesday, citing the US extradition request to be considered by the Westminster court.

“The issue could be a matter of life and death for Mr Assange,” insisted Mr Hrafnsson, also raising the stakes of the case in terms of freedom of the press.

The Australian won the status of champion of freedom to inform the general public in 2010 when WikiLeaks had published more than 700,000 documents on US military and diplomatic activities.

WikiLeaks Editor in Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson G and Lawyer Jennifer Robinson Address Journalists in Southwark Court in London May 1 2019 - Assange’s Request For Extradition To The United States Examined

WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson (G) and Lawyer Jennifer Robinson Address Journalists in Southwark Court in London May 1, 2019

But critics soon emerged, major newspapers condemning the method of the platform that, by public telegrams US Department of State unexpurgated, would likely “put some sources at risk.”

Most of the revelations of WikiLeaks were made to the detriment of the United States, and often to the benefit of Russia.

It is suspected of being the cause of the leak of internal emails to the Democratic Party in the United States, published by WikiLeaks in the summer of 2016. The site also revealed espionage cases. allied by the United States.

For Julian Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, his arrest has created “a dangerous precedent for media outlets and journalists” around the world. She warned that her client intends to “challenge and fight” the request for extradition.

According to Ben Keith, the extradition lawyer, Julian Assange’s legal battle is unlikely to succeed and could last between 18 months and two years.

In the UK, the case divides. Labor opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn opposes extradition, noting that Julian Assange has “exposed evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan”.

But for the head of diplomacy, Jeremy Hunt, Julian Assange is “not a hero”. For her part, Prime Minister Theresa May warned that “in the United Kingdom, no one is above the law”.

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