Assange is not supposed to be extradited to America

Ein court in London rejected the American extradition request for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Monday. The 49-year-old Assange would have threatened up to 175 years in prison if convicted. The judge based her decision on Assange’s mental health and the conditions of detention that would await him in the United States. It is to be expected that he will commit suicide in solitary confinement.

The litigation is likely to continue in the UK for the time being, as the decision can be appealed. After a further instance, the proceedings could go to the British Supreme Court and finally deal with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The Wikileaks founder had been in the maximum security prison Belmarsh in the southeast of the British capital for around a year and a half. In view of the corona pandemic, he was only allowed to receive a very limited number of visitors, and phone calls to the outside were not unlimited. Because of a corona outbreak in prison, an entire block was temporarily quarantined. Family members have long had concerns about Assange’s mental and health condition.

The American judiciary accuses the native Australian Assange of stealing and publishing secret material from American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan together with the whistleblower Chelsea Manning – then Bradley Manning. Assange put the lives of American informants at risk, so the allegation. His supporters, however, see him as an investigative journalist who has brought war crimes to light.

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