WikiLeaks founder: London has confirmed the release of Assange to the US

Status: 17.06.2022 12:16

The Assange case has occupied justice – and diplomacy around the world – for years. Now, however, the British government has authorized the extradition of the founder of WikiLeaks to the United States. He faces up to 175 years in prison there.

The UK government has paved the way for the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Interior Minister Priti Patel has signed an extradition order, her ministry said. This was preceded by a decision of the UK Supreme Court, which agreed to extradite the founding platform for publication.

“Mr Assange has the right to appeal within the usual 14-day time limit,” the Home Office said. Assange now has the opportunity to challenge his extradition to the Supreme Court, which WikiLeaks says it will. If he did not do so, he would still have to go to the British Supreme Court, the Supreme Court.

Sven Lohmann, ARD London, on Assange’s release to the USA

Tagesschau 12:00, 17.6.2022

“Dark day for press freedom”

If the judges give the green light to extradition, Assange must be transferred to the United States no later than 28 days later. “This is a dark day for press freedom and for British democracy,” said Assange’s wife, Stella. “The fight is not over today. It’s just the beginning of a new legal battle.”

The 50-year-old has been trying to prevent his extradition legally for years. In early 2021, a British court denied transportation to the United States because Assange had suicide. However, this decision was annulled in December. At the time, it was said that his safety was adequately taken care of.

Assange faces 175 years in prison

Assange is facing a lawsuit in the United States on charges of espionage. He is accused of stealing and disclosing classified material from US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with informant Chelsea Manning.

The US judiciary argued that he endangered the lives of informants. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if sentenced. His supporters, on the other hand, see him as an investigative journalist who brought war crimes to light and from which it is now necessary to lead by example.

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