Lawyers for WikiLeaks Founder to Ask
March 24, 2020
Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange say they will file papers Wednesday to have him released on bail
because he is at risk of contracting coronavirus.
is being held at a London-area prison as he fights extradition to the
United States, where he has been charged with espionage for obtaining
classified government documents from former Army intelligence analyst
Chelsea Manning and publishing them on his website. The documents were
secret diplomatic cables and military files related to the U.S.-led wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Health experts say the prisoners are particularly vulnerable to
contracting COVID-19 because of overcrowded conditions.
Assange has been imprisoned since he was evicted from the Ecuadorian
embassy last April, where he had sought refuge to avoid extradition to
Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning in a sexual assault case.
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