Judge Paul Goldspring of the Westminster Magistrates Court has approved and sent this Wednesday to the British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, the order for the extradition to the United States of the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, so that he receives his signature. Patel will have a period of two months, which can be extended, to decide whether she confirms or rejects the delivery of the publisher and former Australian hacker, while the defense has already indicated that she will refute it within the four-week period scheduled, which ends on May 18.
A British judge has ordered Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he will face a 175-year sentence. [de cárcel] for their publications”, Wikileaks said on its Twitter account. On March 14, the Supreme Court, the highest in the United Kingdom, gave the green light to Assange’s extradition by rejecting his appeal that sought to prevent it and instructed the magistrate, of first instance, to issue the order that he must now consider government.
Assange, 50, is wanted in the United States on 18 criminal charges, including violating an espionage law, after WikiLeaks released thousands of secret US files in 2010. Assange, who denies the allegations, has been in a southeast London jail since 2019, and before that he was locked up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the British capital for seven years.
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