Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has lost his appeal against his extradition to the US at the High Court in London. His relatives say he is “dangerously close” to extradition.
Assange has been in custody since 2019, after the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he took refuge, withdrew his asylum protection, the Guardian reports.
It’s Tuesday Jonathan Swifta British High Court judge, in a three-party ruling, dismissed all eight counts of Assange’s appeal against extradition to the US, which was signed by the then British home secretary last June Come on Patel.
Assang’s wife Stella Assange announced that a new appeal against the extradition will be filed next week. As she explained, two other judges should then decide on the appeal. “We remain optimistic that we will win and that Julian will not be extradited to the US to face charges that could see him imprisoned for the rest of his life in a maximum security prison for publishing true information about war crimes that the US government did.”
Assange’s legal team insists, among other things, that the US is politically motivated to prosecute the Wikileaks founder. His brother Gabriel Shipton believes the Australian government could do more for Assange.
The Australian is being prosecuted by US authorities for publishing classified documents leaked to the public in 2010 and 2011 related to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She played a big role in this Chelsea Manning (before Bradley Manning), who served as a military intelligence officer in Iraq, and who then handed over to WikiLeaks in 2010 a large number of documents from the Pentagon on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and diplomatic cables from the State Department. Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison in 2013, and in 2017, then-Pres. Barack Obama pardoned.
According to the United States, by publishing confidential documents, Assange violated the law and endangered lives. He has been in custody since 2019, although in the meantime he served time for violating the terms of his parole. He faces up to 175 years in prison in the United States.