In June, British Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition of the founder of WikiLeaks to the United States, where he faces life imprisonment for publishing classified information relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange filed an appeal against the decision to extradite him to the United States , writes The Wall Street Journal, citing Assange's lawyer Gareth Pierce.
The complaint was filed with the UK Supreme Court.
At the end of April, a British court ruled to extradite Assange to the United States, where he faces life imprisonment. The final decision was to be made by Home Minister Priti Patel. In mid-June, the interior minister approved the expulsion of the founder of WikiLeaks.
In the United States, Assange will be tried for publishing classified information relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The accusation against him was brought after hundreds of thousands of government documents were published on the WikiLeaks website in 2010 and 2011, including about the death of more than 65 thousand civilians in Iraq.
Assange's lawyers claim that he, as a journalist, could publish documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The WikiLeaks whistleblower was US Army military intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who was arrested in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison. In prison, Manning changed his gender and name to Chelsea. In 2016, Assange offered to surrender to the American authorities if they would pardon his informant. In 2017, US President Barack Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence, and she was later released.
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From 2012 to 2019, the founder of WikiLeaks took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. However, Ecuador eventually denied Assange asylum. Since then, he has been in a British prison.
At first, the British court refused to extradite Assange, but ultimately the American authorities managed to extradite him.
In September 2021, Yahoo News reported that senior members of the Donald Trump administration and CIA officials in 2017 discussed the possibility of kidnapping and the murder of the founder of WikiLeaks, who was hiding in the embassy of Ecuador. According to the portal, due to the leak of intelligence data, Mike Pompeo, who then headed the CIA, “sought revenge” Assange and WikiLeaks.
In 2010, Sweden launched an investigation into the founder of WikiLeaks. There he was accused of sexual assault. Charges against him were brought by two women. The journalist himself did not deny intimate relations with them, but claimed that they were by mutual agreement. In the fall of 2019, the Swedish authorities closed the case against him due to the statute of limitations.
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