Monday, January 24

The United States wins the trial for the extradition of Assange in London


London Correspondent

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The case of Julian Assange, the co-founder of Wikileaks, seems to have no end. In a new twist, The United States has won its demand for extradition in London of the journalist, accused of violating US espionage law and conspiring to hack government computers.

The extradition trial against Assange began in February last year at the Woolwich Crown Court, along with Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison, where he has been imprisoned since his arrest in April 2019 at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, when British police forcibly removed him after Ecuador revoked his political asylum. Assange, requested by the US courts for having published a large amount of classified information, said at the preliminary hearing that he refused to submit to extradition and maintained that his “journalistic work protected many people.”

The 49-year-old journalist faces up to 175 years in prison in the United States, accused of 18 counts of violating the Espionage Law 1917 for obtaining and publishing “classified information.” Its supporters denounce that this procedure poses a serious danger to press freedom. Washington claims him for 18 crimes of espionage and computer intrusion.

His extradition was rejected in January, when Judge Vanessa Baraitser, of the British Criminal Court of Old Bailey, ruled that he should not be extradited to the United States, among other reasons for serious mental health problems that already drags the possibility that he tries to commit suicide, but the United States appealed the ruling.

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