Julian Assange Wins Appeal Opportunity Against US Extradition

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.26 - 2024 12:06 PM CET

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted the right to appeal his extradition from the United Kingdom to the US.

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This decision, made by the British Supreme Court in London on Tuesday morning, represents a partial victory for Assange.

The Supreme Court has ruled that Assange may appeal the extradition decision at a new hearing, provided the US does not offer "satisfactory answers" concerning whether Assange's actions fell within the bounds of the American Constitution and whether he could face the death penalty. This news comes from Reuters.

Furthermore, the Supreme Court has delayed the extradition case until May 20 of this year, suggesting that a final decision has not yet been reached.

Assange's legal team plans to seek intervention from the European Court of Human Rights to prevent his extradition to the USA.

Facing Espionage Charges

In the US, Assange is charged with 18 counts related to the 2010 publication of WikiLeaks documents.

Seventeen charges pertain to espionage, with multiple American lawyers also accusing him of conspiring with Chelsea Manning and hacking into a Pentagon computer.

Assange could face up to 10 years in prison for each espionage charge and five years for the conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. If found guilty on all counts, he could be facing a total of 175 years behind bars.

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