Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Denied Bail
On Wednesday, a UK District Judge Vanessa Baraitser denied bail for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange just a few days after she denied the US request to extradite him.
The judge cited the US appeal of the extradition case as the reason for the denial of bail saying, "there are substantial grounds for believing that if Mr. Assange is released today he would fail to surrender to court and face the appeal proceedings."
A few days ago, 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.
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