British justice formally authorizes Assange’s extradition to the US.


The British justice formally authorized on Wednesday the extradition to the United States of the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, where they want to try him for espionage, after years of judicial scuffle.

The Westminster Court of Justice in London has formally issued an extradition order and it is now up to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to approve it, although defense lawyers can still appeal to the High Court of Justice.

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Caught up in a long legal saga, the 50-year-old Australian is wanted by US courts for the release, since 2010, of more than 700,000 classified documents on US military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prosecuted in particular under anti-espionage legislation, Julian Assange faces 175 years in prison, in a case denounced by human rights organizations as a serious attack on press freedom.

On March 14, he had seen one of his last hopes of avoiding his extradition vanish, with the refusal of the British Supreme Court to examine his appeal.

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