UK Denies Extradition of Julian Assange to US: Judges Demand New Guarantees

Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

The UK has refused to extradite Julian Assange to the US at least for now. The British judges have requested new guarantees from the US regarding Assange’s treatment before granting extradition. 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 the guarantees are not presented within three weeks, Assange will be able to appeal against his extradition. 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 US 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 the charges against Assange, as his health has been deteriorating during his time in prison. His defense argues that the trial against him 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. The U.S government argues that Assange knowingly published names of individuals who served as sources for the U

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