British Home Secretary signs US extradition order for Julian Assange

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Back in April, Assange was arrested after Ecuador withdrew his political asylum status. The Australian national had been given refuge in the South American country’s London embassy in 2012 while on bail in the UK over charges of sexual assault and rape in Sweden.

After Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail, the US charged him with 17 new counts under the espionage act, which followed a previous charge of conspiring with former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to the Pentagon network.

The US Justice Department has formally requested Britain extradite Assange to the United States, where he faces a maximum 175-year prison sentence.

Speaking on the Today Program, Javid said: “He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow, but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow.”

Javid added that it is now down to the courts to decide whether to extradite Assange, but the latest move brings the process one step closer to completion.

“It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve got a legitimate extradition request, so I’ve signed it, but the final decision is now with the courts,” Javid added.

A hearing related to the US request had been set for last month, but, because Assange was too ill to attend, it is now taking place tomorrow.

Sweden had also been looking to extradite Assange as it reopened the 2010 rape case, but a court in Uppsala recently ruled that he did not need to be detained, meaning prosecutors can’t apply for an extradition warrant right now.

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Uncle Al

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The more interesting issue will be if the President decides to interfere and prevent the Justice Dept. from extradition. Trump has more than reasonable cause too want to prevent it, especially if during the trial Assange were to verify his contacts with the Russians and members of the Trump campaign ..... just saying ...
 

Panda218

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The more interesting issue will be if the President decides to interfere and prevent the Justice Dept. from extradition. Trump has more than reasonable cause too want to prevent it, especially if during the trial Assange were to verify his contacts with the Russians and members of the Trump campaign ..... just saying ...
In today's kakistocracy it wouldn't matter. There is zero accountability for adults and it's maddening.
 
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Adi6293

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The more interesting issue will be if the President decides to interfere and prevent the Justice Dept. from extradition. Trump has more than reasonable cause too want to prevent it, especially if during the trial Assange were to verify his contacts with the Russians and members of the Trump campaign ..... just saying ...
Do you actually believe that Russians were involved in 2016 election? You should be happy that Trump got in, he might be a bit of a ***** but if Clinton got in she would caused war no doubt......
 

ForgottenLegion

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The more interesting issue will be if the President decides to interfere and prevent the Justice Dept. from extradition. Trump has more than reasonable cause too want to prevent it, especially if during the trial Assange were to verify his contacts with the Russians and members of the Trump campaign ..... just saying ...
Do you actually believe that Russians were involved in 2016 election? You should be happy that Trump got in, he might be a bit of a ***** but if Clinton got in she would caused war no doubt......
Yeah the choices were between a madman and a witch. You guys really won didn't you (eye roll).

MERICA!

TBH they're all crooks. Nomatter what continent you're on.
It seems politics only attracts the worst sociopaths of society.
RIP World.
 

wiyosaya

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The more interesting issue will be if the President decides to interfere and prevent the Justice Dept. from extradition. Trump has more than reasonable cause too want to prevent it, especially if during the trial Assange were to verify his contacts with the Russians and members of the Trump campaign ..... just saying ...
Do you actually believe that Russians were involved in 2016 election? You should be happy that Trump got in, he might be a bit of a ***** but if Clinton got in she would caused war no doubt......
I see you own one of those new, super duper, crystal balls.
 

brucek

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Ellsberg brought the Pentagon Papers to the NY Times, which he was not authorized to do; the NY Times published them anyway, and the NY Times prevailed in court.

Manning brought a digital archive to WikiLeaks, which he was not authorized to do; WikiLeaks published them (possibly without even direct connection to US jurisdiction?), and now they are calling him (Assange) a criminal.

What's the difference except that one is analog and one is digital? I see they are trying to position Assange not as a publisher but as a hacker himself, which I'm willing to hear out, but as Assange has never had a reputation as either a genius hacker or as a personal source himself, it won't shock me if that's not much more than flimsy legal pretext...
 
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toooooot

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Poor old Geralt, your time of fighting and exposing the witches of capitalist west is coming to the end :"(
 

grumblguts

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All countries spy no different from the USA.
All he did was put the free world at risk.
This guy has avoided justice for his treasonous activity for to long.