May 21, 2024 1:51 pm
Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

The extradition of Julian Assange from the UK to the United States has been put on hold for at least three weeks as British justice demands new guarantees from the US regarding the treatment of the Wikileaks founder. Assange is facing charges for a massive leak of confidential documents, and the US is being asked to ensure that he can benefit from the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which protects freedom of expression.

If these guarantees are not presented within the deadline, Assange will be able to appeal against his extradition, which was accepted by the London Government in June 2022. The U.S. judicial system is holding Assange accountable for publishing over 700,000 classified documents, including a video showing civilians being killed by a U.S. helicopter in Iraq. Assange was arrested in 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden.

There have been calls for President Joe Biden to drop charges against Assange as his health has been deteriorating during his time in prison. His defense argues that his trial 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 rather than espionage or terrorism-related activities as claimed by the US government.

The court will now have to decide whether the guarantees provided by the US are satisfactory or not. The US 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.

Assange’s case has sparked international debate on issues such as freedom of expression, whistleblowing, and diplomacy between nations.

In conclusion, while British justice has given three weeks for American authorities to provide new guarantees regarding Assange’s treatment before granting extradition, there remain concerns about whether these guarantees are sufficient enough to address concerns about his health and safety during transportation across borders.

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