WikiLeaks Founder’s Extradition Ruling Set for 2021
October 02, 2020
A British judge will deliver a decision January 4 on whether to
extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face
charges, including espionage.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser made the announcement at London's Old
Bailey Court after nearly four weeks of hearings.
The U.S. has requested extradition of Australian-born Assange on 17
espionage charges and one charge of misusing computers in connection
with Wikileaks’ 2010 and 2011 publication of thousands of confidential
U.S. cables, mainly relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A group of protesters gathered in front of the court in support of
After the court adjourned, Stella Moris, Assange's fiancée and the
mother of his two young children, called for his release.
"Julian is a publisher,” she said. “Julian is also a son, he's a friend.
He's my fiancé and a father. Our children need their father, Julian
needs his freedom, and our democracy needs a free press. Thank you."
Hrafnsson, a Wikileaks editor, said extradition would mean ''darkness
for us all.''
"After all these four weeks, we should be in no doubt that there is only
one thing that has to happen as an outcome of these proceedings,”
Hrafnsson said. “If Julian Assange is extradited it will mean darkness
for us all. It cannot happen. We must take a stand. There can only be
one outcome: no extradition."
Assange's lawyers, fighting the U.S. extradition request, say the
charges were politically motivated and that his mental health is at
risk, arguing that U.S. prison conditions breach Britain's human rights
laws, adding that Assange and his lawyers were surveilled while he was
in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Lawyers representing the United States said that many of those arguments
related to issues to be addressed in a trial and have no bearing on