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Assange Extradition on Hold in UK: Will New Guarantees Ease Fears of Political Persecution?

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

Julian Assange’s Extradition on Hold in UK as New Guarantees Sought

The extradition of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, to the United States has been put on hold by British justice as new guarantees are sought from the US regarding his treatment. The UK judges have given three weeks to the American authorities to provide these guarantees, as Assange is facing charges for a massive leak of confidential documents.

Assange is being held accountable for publishing over 700,000 classified documents, including a video showing civilians being killed by a US helicopter in Iraq. He was arrested in 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden. If the guarantees are not presented within the three-week deadline, Assange will be able to appeal against his extradition.

There have been calls for President Joe Biden to drop the charges against Assange, as his health has been deteriorating during his time in prison. His defense argues that the trial against him is political and that extradition would endanger his health and life. Assange’s lawyers argue that he is being prosecuted for journalistic practices of obtaining and publishing information. The U.S government argues that Assange knowingly published names of individuals who served as sources for the U.S.

The court will have to decide whether the guarantees provided by the U.S are satisfactory or not. The U.S has assured that Assange will not be put in maximum security prison if extradited, and that he will receive necessary clinical and psychological assistance. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia has denounced the persecution of Assange by the US justice system and Parliament has called for an end to this persecution

By Samantha Nguyen

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