The Government of the United Kingdom determined this Friday the extradition of the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, to the United States, where he is accused of disseminating confidential documents, when in fact he is being persecuted for having made public the crimes against civilians committed by the troops of that country during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Defense of Julián Assange files non-extradition request
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel signed the extradition order, giving Assange’s defense 15 days to appeal.
The Home Office said that “the UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unfair or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange.”
Similarly, the entity pointed out that “they have not found that extradition is incompatible with human rights, including their right to a fair trial and freedom of expression, and that while they are in the US they will be treated appropriately, even in relation to your health.
At the same time, the Wikileaks portal (founded by Assange) published that it is “a dark day for freedom of the press and for British democracy.” In addition, he pointed out that Assange “has not committed any crime and is not a criminal.”
BREAKING: UK Home Secretary approves extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to the US where he would face a 175 year sentence – A dark day for Press freedom and for British democracy
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— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)
June 17, 2022
He added that “anyone in this country who cares about freedom of expression should be deeply ashamed that the Home Secretary has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the US.”
In addition to ensuring that the decision will be appealed, the statement published by Wikileaks stated: “We will fight louder and scream louder in the streets, we will organize ourselves and make Julian’s story known to all.”
Due to the charges filed by the US Attorney’s Office against him, Assange can face up to 175 years in prison.