The video below explains that a British judge just ruled that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States on espionage charges and to be tried for “war crimes” — i.e. exposing the war crimes of the US! The video points out that this is not Assange’s last hope, but it is ticking down to his last options. Assange can still appeal and the decision with rest with the British Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Assange’s legal team says they may appeal based on “fresh developments” in the case.
The UNTHINKABLE just happened to Julian Assange
Julian Assange is one step closer to being extradited to the United States. Do you see the irony here? While he published true data accusing the United States for war crimes, the United States is calling to try Putin for war crimes. This could have chilling consequences for journalism and dissemination of facts.
British Judge Approves Assange’s Extradition To US
Westminster Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom, where Julian Assange’s extradition hearing was held. (Photo by Ludhi85)
“A British magistrate’s court ordered the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States and sent the request for his extradition to Home Office Secretary Priti Patel for approval. The order came a little more than a month after the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom refused to hear Assange’s appeal. In December, the UK High Court of Justice granted the US government’s appeal and overturned a district court decision that spared Assange. Chief Magistrate Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring contended he was “duty-bound” to send the extradition request to Patel. Goldspring also told Assange he had a right to appeal if the Home Office approved the extradition before issuing the order.
Mark Summers QC, an attorney for Assange, asserted there were ‘fresh developments’ in the case and bemoaned the fact that the defense was not permitted at this stage to raise this evidence, according to Computer Weekly’s Bill Goodwin. Assange’s legal team has until May 18 to submit evidence to the Home Office and argue why the department should block the extradition request.
In two months, Patel is expected to make a decision. If approved by Patel, attorneys for Assange may request permission to appeal to the British High Court of Justice. His attorneys may appeal the decision of the district judge to send the case to the Home Office for approval and may also appeal the Home Office secretary’s order.