U.K. Judge Denies Assange’s Appeal to Block U.S. Extradition

U.K. Judge Denies Assange’s Appeal to Block U.S. Extradition

June 8, 2023

Breitbart News reports that a High Court judge in the United Kingdom has reportedly denied an appeal from Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange to block his extradition to the United States, where an 18-count indictment awaits him.

While Assange’s legal representation has until the end of the week to appeal the ruling, his lawyers have signaled he will not contest it.

In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury returned an 18-count superseding indictment against Assange for his complicity with former Army intelligence analyst Army Chelsea Manning, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense.”

Assange and the Wikileaks databases allegedly received nearly half a million “activity reports” from Manning relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as Guantanamo Bay detainee briefs, and “[m]any of these documents were classified at the Secret level,” the DOJ asserted.

Assange had lived at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 under diplomatic asylum and gained citizenship in the country before officials at the embassy invited British authorities inside to apprehend him in April 2019, months after it was reported the DOJ had a sealed indictment against him.

If the Australian Assange does not pursue another appeal, the European Court of Human Rights would be the lone entity that could still block his extradition. While he has already made an appeal to the court, such a scenario seems to be a long shot.

“Such an order would be extremely controversial and likely be seen as another attack on British sovereignty, fueling calls for Britain to leave the European Convention on Human Rights,” the report states.

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