Julian Assange: Priti Patel signs order to extradite Wikileaks founder to US to face spying charges

Priti Patel has signed an order to extradite Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges, the Home Office has confirmed.

The Wikileaks founder now has 14 days to appeal the decision.

The US has been seeking to bring Mr Assange to trial since its website in 2010 published a series of leaks from Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning that exposed wrongdoing by US forces in Iraq and Iraq. Afghanistan.

He spent seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after breaching bail on an extradition order to face sex offense charges in Sweden, which were dropped in 2019.

He was arrested on his way out of the embassy that year and has since been held in Belmarsh high security prison. After a High Court ruling in favor of the United States last December, Assange’s extradition was formally approved by Westminster Magistrates Court in April.

A Home Office spokesman said today: ‘Under the Extradition Act 2003 the Secretary of State must sign an extradition order if there are no grounds to prohibit the order. Extradition requests are only sent to the Home Secretary once a judge decides he can proceed after considering various aspects of the case.

“On June 17, after consideration by the Magistrates Court and the High Court, the extradition of Mr. Julian Assange to the United States was ordered. Mr Assange retains the normal 14-day right to appeal.

“In this case, the UK courts did not find that it would be oppressive, unfair or an abuse of process to extradite Mr. Assange. Nor did they find that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights. , including his right to a fair trial and freedom of expression, and that while in the United States he will be treated appropriately, including with respect to his health.

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