NewsDelay of Julian Assange's Extradition to U.S. Ordered by UK Court

Delay of Julian Assange’s Extradition to U.S. Ordered by UK Court

British Court Halts Immediate Extradition of Julian Assange to the US on Espionage Charges

In a recent decision, a British court has blocked the immediate extradition of Julian Assange to the United States on espionage charges, marking a partial victory for the controversial WikiLeaks founder. This ruling, delivered by two High Court judges, stated that Assange would be granted a new appeal unless US authorities provide further assurances about his treatment. As a result, the prolonged legal battle that has spanned over a decade is set to continue, with the case adjourned until May 20.

The judges, Victoria Sharp and Jeremy Johnson, highlighted that Assange could appeal his extradition on the grounds of potential violations of freedom of expression and concerns over facing the death penalty in the US. During a recent hearing at the High Court in February, Assange’s legal team argued that the US was looking to prosecute him for WikiLeaks’ exposure of alleged criminal activities by the US government, such as torture and unlawful killings.

Supporters of Assange have maintained that he should be viewed as a journalist protected by the First Amendment, who brought to light US military misconduct in Iraq and Afghanistan that was of public interest. They have consistently argued that Assange’s prosecution is politically motivated and that he would not receive a fair trial in the US.

Conversely, the US government has contended that Assange’s actions went beyond journalistic endeavors, alleging that he actively solicited, stole, and indiscriminately published classified government information that put innocent lives at risk.

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