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Court Rules Julian Assange Can Be Extradited, Overturning Previous Ruling

The final decision to extradite falls to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel


England’s High Court said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges.

The ruling overturns a lower court decision in January from District Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who cited the high risk of suicide in American prisons and said the 50-year-old Australian’s mental health was too uncertain to withstand the U.S. justice system

In its decision, the High Court said the “U.S. assurances were enough to guarantee Assange would be treated humanely and directed a lower court judge to send the extradition request to Britain’s interior minister for review,” reports AL.com. “Home Secretary Priti Patel, who oversees law enforcement in the U.K., will make the final decision on whether to extradite Assange.”

“There is no reason why this court should not accept the assurances as meaning what they say,’’ stated the High Court. “There is no basis for assuming that the USA has not given the assurances in good faith.”

The United States has brought 17 charges against Assange, including violating the Espionage Act and hacking government computers.

Assange is accused of conspiring with Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who provided classified information to WikiLeaks in what was considered the largest unauthorized release of state secrets in the nation’s history. Manning’s sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017.

Assange has also been accused of working with hacking groups including LulzSec and Anonymous.

In 2016, WikiLeaks was accused of trying to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign when it published Democratic emails hacked by Russian intelligence.

Assange was arrested in 2019 for skipping bail in a different legal proceeding after Ecuador revoked his asylum. He had been living in the nation’s embassy in London since 2012.

“The case has raised significant questions about First Amendment protections for publishers of classified information, as Assange argues he was acting as a journalist when he published leaked U.S. government documents on Iraq and Afghanistan,” per Axios

Assange is currently being held in Belmarsh Prison, a high-security facility in London. He has been ordered to remain in custody while extradition is resolved. 

If convicted in the U.S., Assange could face up to 175 years in prison. 

James Lewis, a lawyer for the U.S. government, told this British court that “the longest sentence ever imposed for this offense is 63 months” as part of his appeal of the lower court’s denial.

Assange is expected to appeal the ruling.

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6 responses to “Court Rules Julian Assange Can Be Extradited, Overturning Previous Ruling”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    Hopefully he doesn’t commit suicide.

  2. Mdoll21 says:

    I read from the Sun that he suffered a mini stroke. I pray for his health and safety. While I don’t know all the particulars of the case, I do believe the right of reporters/whistle blowers to expose the truth and wrong doing. I’m hoping with his current health problems they won’t send him to the US to face charges.

  3. NONCOMPLIANT says:

    Prison will start with both physical and mental abuse, working up to being suici

  4. pandusa says:

    “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing…after they have tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill June 18th 1940
    Imagine if he were to see America NOW? Even WORSE the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada.
    I was upset that Trump did not pardon Assange. Was it Peter Navarro (on IRL) explained why (in a word was it? Pompeo)? I understand the leak of classified info is a serious issue and they don’t want to encourage it (but admittedly, I am not educated on the intricacies of the case). He has paid dearly for anything he may have done and more than any rat bastard politicians and elite EVER do. I fear for his safety.
    Please have people from Trump administration on and ask them about Assange.
    And anything else you can cram into it. Oh, and tell Peter we can’t always “get the book” as an economist- he can understand that. I have to buy mine used and his hasn’t been out long enough (rather die that order it from Amazon “Space Cowboy” Bezos “Some people call me the Space Cowboy…Yeah… Some call me the gangster of greed. Delivery drivers say I’m an asshole (wolf whistle) … Cause I won’t allow them time to pee”. The Joker SMB- ok I’ll knock it off.). I like REAL things, not e-shit books. When you close your hand, it may not be REALLY be there…just like your savings, credit and debit accounts if you piss off the “powers that be”.

  5. LiquidLogic says:

    There is no reason why this court should not accept the assurances as meaning what they say,’’ stated the High Court. “There is no basis for assuming that the USA has not given the assurances in good faith.”

    This is what WikiLeaks will appeal on since the insurances are not in good faith as evidence by the CIA is plot to kidnap and assassinate Julian Assange.

    Worse, you stated that Julian help to publish files hacked by Russia, but not only did a Songe maintain that no state actor gave him those DNC leaked files, numerous NSA experts have testified that they were not hacked at all because of the data transmission rate at which they were received. Whomever leaked those documents was an insider and leaked them.

    Most of the prosecutions case is a giant example of prosecutorial misconduct. There a star witness was a hacker who was given immunity for pedophilia charges and eventually admitted to lying about a Assange,

    The vetdict did not allow the USA to extradite her sons but only turned over an earlier ruling regarding the assurances issue but I’m not expecting any Commonwealth countries like the UK Canada or Australia to be respectful of human rights at this particular moment in history.

    Julian Assange did not steal any documents and he was even given immunity by the Trump administration to give a deposition but he turned it down.

    This case is the most important case for free move the press and the journalist everywhere because the intention behind it is to affectively silence any journalistic intention to speak truth to power or expose corruption or war crimes.

    I find it maddening that educated people to this day still believe much of the propaganda surrounding the trial but since you guys have watched what happened to Kyle Rittenhouse I’m sure you can imagine that the CIA doesn’t exactly play fair with the facts.

    Most of my liberal friends think that Julian works for Putin just like they think Russia is behind everything nefarious in the world. Ironically Russia is more of a haven for free speech by protecting Snowden in the west is and it’s too bad that Julian Assange did not try to escape to Russia because we’re probably all going to have to escape to Russia sooner or later.

    Just a reminder that the main stream news which is an extension of the intelligence apparatus lies about everything from the election to January 6 to Covid and you can trust that we are now in the greatest war of our lives because it’s not a kinetic war most people are not even conscious of it.

  6. Cleffy says:

    The longest sentence is only 63 months. But no one said anything about Assange living for that long.