A judge in the United Kingdom ordered this Wednesday the extradition of the Australian journalist Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks platform, to the United States (USA), where he will have to face justice for espionage and leaking of secret documents from that country, for which could be sentenced to 175 years in prison.
UK court denies Assange extradition appeal
The case was referred to the British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, who has the final decision on the case. The journalist’s defense has a deadline until May 18 to present allegations to Patel. However, the chances are narrowing every day for the 50-year-old Australian activist.
Assange married his partner, the lawyer Stella Morris, on March 23 thanks to a court order that allowed the marriage, despite being imprisoned in Belmarsh.
Morris has promised to fight what would be “almost a death sentence” for her husband and father of her two children, born during her seven-year imprisonment in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the British capital, to avoid extradition on charges of sexual abuse in Sweden.
Morris claims that Assange was the victim of a plot to be assassinated by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). However, justice has dismissed this argument during the three-year period that has elapsed while his extradition is being discussed.
BREAKING: A UK judge has ordered the extradition of Julian Assange to the US where he will face a 175 year sentence for publishing
The decision will now move to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel – the defense have until May 18 to make submissions https://t.co/m1bX8STSr8 pic.twitter.com/BqEZH0O49O
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)
April 20, 2022
On March 14, the Supreme Court approved his delivery to the United States after rejecting his last appeal. Initially, Judge Baraitser spoke out against his extradition on January 21, 2021, due to his fragile mental health and risk of suicide if she transferred him to the United States.
Despite these allegations, the US prosecutor’s office turned the case around, arguing that Assange has no history of suicide attempts and maintained that he will receive clinical and psychological care.