Julian Assange will not be extradited to the United States

Julian Assange will not be extradited to the United States

British judge Vanessa Baraitser has decided: the founder of Wikileaks will not be extradited from the United Kingdom to answer for complicity in the violation of the Us Espionage Act, for mental health reasons

(photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States to answer the allegations of espionage and hacking against the US government: so decided the British district judge Vanessa Baraitser at the Central Criminal Court (also known as the Old Bailey) in London . An appeal by the US against the sentence is expected, which comes after weeks of hearings and a long campaign by supporters of Assange, which has defined the US accusations against him as an attack on the freedom of the press.

Judge Baraitser argued that the 49-year-old was likely to have spent his American confinement in solitary confinement in a maximum-security prison, and the procedures described by US authorities would not have satisfactorily ruled out Assange's suicide. "I find that Mr. Assange's mental condition would make extradition to the United States of America oppressive," said Baraitser.

The 49-year-old Australian founder of WikiLeaks has been accused by the United States of complicity in violating the Us Espionage Act , after allowing the publication on its platform in 2010 and 2011 of hundreds of thousands of confidential documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, together with numerous diplomatic messages resulting from hacking activities. However, the defendant denies plotting with US defense analyst Chelsea Manning to hack federal computers and says there is no evidence that anyone's security has been compromised by WikiLeaks.

Assange has been in custody in the UK since April 2019 when he was sent away from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he fled seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden for a case of violence sexual which was later archived.

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