Julian Assange will not find his freedom. After his refusal to extradite him to the United States, the British justice decided on Wednesday January 6 to keep the founder of WikiLeaks in detention pending the examination of the appeal formed by Washington, which wants to judge him for the mass distribution confidential documents.
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Forty-eight hours after the legal victory won on Monday January 4 by the 49-year-old Australian, “It’s a huge disappointment”, reacted his partner and lawyer Stella Morris. The latter also again called on the US Department of Justice to “Drop the charges” against him and the President of the United States of “Pardon”.
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On Wednesday January 6, British judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that there is “Substantial grounds for believing that if Mr. Assange were released today, he would not go to court to face the appeal process”. “We want this to end, but we are confident that justice will prevail”WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson reacted to his exit from court.
Risk of suicide
Julian Assange was arrested by British police in April 2019 after spending seven years in seclusion at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had taken refuge while on bail. He feared extradition to the United States or Sweden, where he has faced rape charges that have since been dropped.
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The Australian, supported by numerous press freedom organizations, faces 175 years in prison in the United States for having disseminated, from 2010, more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Citing the risk of suicide of the founder of WikiLeaks in the American prison system, British judge Vanessa Baraitser on Monday refused his extradition to the United States. In the process, the American authorities notified the court of their intention to appeal.