Julian Assange’s Extradition on Hold: New Hope for the WikiLeaks Founder?

Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

Julian Assange has been granted a temporary reprieve from extradition to the United States, as the British justice system has requested new guarantees from the US regarding his treatment. The US government has three weeks to provide these assurances, after which Assange will have the opportunity to appeal his extradition if it is not granted.

Assange, who is wanted by the US for leaking over 700,000 classified documents, including a video showing civilians being killed in Iraq, has been in custody since 2019. There have been calls for US President Joe Biden to drop the charges against him, 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 is politically motivated and that he is being prosecuted for normal journalistic practices. However, 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.

The UK initially ruled in favor of Assange’s extradition in January 2021 but later reversed this decision due to concerns about his mental health. The US has sought to address these concerns by offering assurances that Assange will not be held in maximum security and will have access to necessary medical and psychological care. They have also opened the possibility of him serving his sentence in Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese denounced the US prosecution of Assange and called for an end to persecution. Supporters continue to rally around him during court hearings and express their solidarity with him as he fights against extradition and for his right to freedom of expression. As legal battles continue, it remains uncertain what the future holds for Julian Assange as he continues to fight against extradition and seek justice for himself and those whose rights were violated by U.S government actions

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