Britain orders extradition of Julian Assange to United States

The British government has ordered the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, but WikiLeaks has said it will appeal the decision.

Home Secretary Priti Patel made the decision after Mr Assange was denied an appeal to the Supreme Court in March.

This case concerned the physical and mental health of Mr. Assange, and the US government won after ensuring that he would not be held in solitary confinement.

The Home Office said in a statement: “The UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unfair or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange.

“Nor have they concluded that extradition would be inconsistent with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and freedom of expression, and that while he is in the United States he will be treated as appropriate manner, including with regard to his health.”

The ruling is a big moment in Mr Assange’s years-long battle to avoid trial in the US – but not necessarily the end of the story.

New legal battle

“Today is not the end of the fight. It is only the beginning of a new legal battle,” said Mr. Assange’s wife, Stella Assange.

The 50-year-old Australian still has 14 days to appeal his extradition based on issues including freedom of speech, arguing that the espionage charges against him are politically motivated.

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