UK Judge Denies Extradition of Wikileaks Founder Assange to US
On Monday, a UK judge denied the United States’ request to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to face charges of espionage.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said to extradite Assange would be “oppressive” considering his mental health and that his extradition to the US would likely result in his committing suicide.
US prosecutors have indicted Assange on 17 charges of espionage and one charge of computer misuse over WikiLeaks’ publication of leaked military and diplomatic documents ten years ago. The substantial charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.
Assange’s lawyers argue that he is a journalist and is protected by the First Amendment’s right to free speech.
The US government has said it will appeal the District Judge’s ruling.
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