Julian Assange’s Extradition on Hold as UK Requests New Assurances from US

Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

Julian Assange has been granted a temporary reprieve from extradition to the United States. The British justice system has requested new assurances from the US regarding his treatment before agreeing to extradite him. British judges have given the American authorities three weeks to provide these guarantees. If they do not present them within this time frame, Assange will have the opportunity to appeal his extradition, which was accepted by the London Government in June 2022.

Assange is wanted by the US for his role in leaking over 700,000 classified documents, including a video showing civilians being killed in Iraq. He has been in custody since 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. There have been calls for US President Joe Biden to drop charges against Assange, as his supporters raise concerns about his health and the risk of suicide if he is extradited.

During recent court hearings, Assange’s lawyers argued that the case against him was politically motivated and that he was being prosecuted for normal journalistic practices. The US government contends that Assange knowingly published names of individuals who served as sources of information for the United States, setting him apart from traditional media outlets.

While Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has denounced the US prosecution of Assange and called for an end to persecution, supporters continue to rally around him during his court hearings. As legal battle continues, Julian Assange’s future remains uncertain as he fights against extradition and for his right to freedom of expression.

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