UK minister signs US bid to extradite Assange

Saul Bowman
June 14, 2019

"I am very pleased the police were finally able to apprehend him and now he's rightfully behind bars because he broke United Kingdom law", British Home Secretary Sajid Javid told BBC radio.

Assange opposes the extradition request. A decision is likely months away.

Assange sought asylum during the summer of 2012 at Ecuador's embassy in London, where he lived for nearly seven years until this past April.

"He's rightly behind bars", Javid told BBC Radio 4's Today show.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen after was arrested by British police outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain April 11, 2019.

Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and of conspiring with former Army private Chelsea Manning to crack a Defense Department computer password.

Julian Assange's extradition to the USA would be a deathblow for all truth seekers, George Galloway told RT, warning that anyone who fails to support Assange will one day share the same fate as the persecuted Wikileaks co-founder.

Assange is now serving a 50-week sentence in Belmarsh Prison in south-east London for bail violations after taking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face rape charges in 2012.

Failing to support Assange now will have disastrous consequences for journalism and all who profess to hold progressive values, Galloway warned. If tried and convicted, Assange faces up to five years in jail.

Ten days ago, a court in Sweden rejected a request by the country's prosecutors that Assange be "detained in absentia" during an investigation into an alleged rape.

USA prosecutors had initially charged Mr. Assange with a single count of computer intrusion, but last month added 17 new counts, including controversial charges under the Espionage Act for encouraging, receiving and publishing national defence information in concert with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

The ruling doesn't mean Sweden preliminary rape investigation will be abandoned, only that Assange won't be extradited to Sweden for now.

The 47-year-old was too ill to take part in a recent hearing.

The charges against Assange in the U.S.

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