U.S. lawyers tell UK court Assange should be extradited

Lawyers for the United States launched a fresh attempt on Wednesday to have Julian Assange extradited from Britain.

2021-10-27 11:24:00 PM

Lawyers for the United States launched a fresh attempt on Wednesday to have Julian Assange extradited from Britain.

Lawyers for the United States launched a fresh attempt on Wednesday to have Julian Assange extradited from Britain.

Supporters of Assange gathered outside the court building from early on Wednesday, chanting"free Julian Assange", before his father and Stella Moris, his partner and mother of his two children, arrived.Assange, who denies any wrongdoing, is being held at Belmarsh Prison. He had been expected to appear via video link but the court was told he did not feel well enough to do so.

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The hearing is the latest stage in a legal battle that has been raging since 2012.WikiLeaks came to prominence when it began to publish vast troves of confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables which the U.S. says put lives in danger.Soon afterwards Sweden sought Assange's extradition from Britain over allegations of sex crimes. When he lost a case against extradition in 2012, he fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in London and stayed there before being finally dragged out in April 2019.

Assange was then jailed for breaching British bail conditions, although the Swedish case against him had been dropped, and the U.S. authorities sought his extradition.On Jan. 4, a British judge rejected his argument that the case was political and an assault on freedom of speech, but said he should not be extradited because his mental health problems meant he would be at risk of suicide in a U.S. prison. headtopics.com

Supporters see Assange as an anti-establishment hero who has been victimised because he exposed U.S. wrongdoing in Afghanistan and Iraq and say his prosecution is a politically motivated assault on journalism and free speech.U.S. prosecutors and Western security officials regard him as a reckless enemy of the state whose actions threatened the lives of agents named in the leaked material.

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