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

Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

Julian Assange will not face extradition to the United States for now as the British justice system has requested new guarantees from the US regarding his treatment. British judges have given the American authorities three weeks to provide these assurances. If the guarantees are not presented 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, including journalists, 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 the 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 is politically motivated and that he is being prosecuted for normal journalistic practices. The US government, however, 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 Assange’s extradition was initially ruled upon by UK courts in January 2021, concerns about his mental health led to a reversal of decision later on. 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 up possibilities of him serving his sentence in Australia.

Meanwhile Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has denounced the US prosecution of Assange and called for an end to persecution against him. Supporters continue to rally around Assange during his court hearings expressing their solidarity with him while he fights against extradition and for his right to freedom of expression as legal battle continues uncertain future lies ahead for Julian

Leave a Reply