The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder JulianAssange (47) should be handed to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February next year, a London court ruled.Assange faces 18 counts in the U.S. including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted, higley likely facing torture in CIA prisons, and also possibly an death penalty.
“Ithttps://twitter.com/guengl/status/1139439176338690049?s=21 is important that people aren’t fooled into believing that WikiLeaks is anything but a publisher,” said Assange, who appeared by videolink from a London prison, dressed in a grey T-shirt and wearing black-framed glasses.
Assange faces an 18-count indictment in the United States that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified military information and conspiring with former U.S. Army Private Chelsea Manning to crack the password of a U.S. Defense Department computer.
The indictment, issued by the U.S. Justice Department in May, includes charges under the Espionage Act.
Assange was evicted on April 11 from the Embassy of Equadorin London, where he had been sheltering since 2012 after he was granted a political asylum.
British police and is currently serving a 50-week sentence for breach the conditions of the bail.
Swedish prosecution has re-opened a case of alleged rape against him, requesting the questioning, which Assange has agreed to do with the investigators visiting him in the UK to avoid risks of extradition to the U.S.
The scale of the WikiLeaks leak was huge – 750,000 classified and unclassified but sensitive military, and diplomatic documents were released in 2010.
Assange faces up to 170 years in prison and his extradition sets a dangerous global precedent for the suppression of press freedom.https://t.co/jNEowcldnK
Julian Assange has suffered “prolonged exposure to psychological torture“, the UN’s torture expert Nils Melzer said.
“Collective persecution of Julian #Assange must end now. My most urgent concern is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights,"- Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on #Torture
Nils Melzer urged the UK not to extradite the Wikileaks founder, warning that his human rights would be violated and that he is not fit to stand trial.
This is wrong. Assange chose to hide in the embassy and was always free to leave and face justice. The UN Special Rapporteur should allow British courts to make their judgements without his interference or inflammatory accusations. https://t.co/s0UtMN5pU0
But the UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt argued that Assange“chose to hide” from justice.
"He [Assange]"shows all the signs that are typical for person who has prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma," – Nils Melzer, U.N. special rapporteur on torturehttps://t.co/c32B9RxrSb
Former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning will remain in prison after a federal appeals court denied her request to be released on bail, and upheld a lower court’s decision to hold Manning in civil contempt for refusing to give evidence before grand jury.
Chelsea Manning is a political prisoner – held in prison to torture her into taking part in a political persecution against #Assange and @wikileaks. Ignoring this is a crime of complicity. https://t.co/hMzFqjLTiJ
The ruling is a blow to Manning, who was arrested in March after declining to answer questions in connection with the government’s long-running investigation into Wikileaksand its Australian founder Julian Assange.
** Today, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to keep Chelsea in jail. "I don’t have anything to contribute to this, or any other grand jury … I will not give up," she says.
Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange (47), who exposed American war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, has been arrested in spite of the laws on refugee Convention, obstructed by British government, preventing him to travel to Equador, where he was granted asylum. Assangehas spent sever years in EquadorEmbassy in London, in an attempt to avoid extradition to the United States, where he could be subjected to torture, and death penalty.
UK Metropolitan police confirm Assange has been arrested in relation to a US warrant. Assange lawyers confirm it concerns an alleged conspiracy with Chelsea Manning in relation to 2010 publications. https://t.co/oUZJT3XS3c
Today the police said Assange was detained “on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates‘ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court”.
District Judge Michael Snow said Mr Assange‘s behaviour was “the behaviour of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interest“. Finding him guilty, the Judge sent Assangeto Southwark Crown Court for sentencing. The Wikileakspublisher also faces extradition on the US charges and will appear in court via video link on 2 May on that matter.
At present there is no official confirmation if Swedish prosecution Service is intended to re-open an investigation into a sexual assault allegations.
In 2011, a British court ruled that Assangeshould be extradited to Sweden. His lawyers fought the decision fearing he would end up being extradited further to the US to face espionage charges in connection with to the top-secret information he had published via WikiLeaks.
This is a big day, especially for those of us in the @StateDept family when this all went down several years ago. Justice is served. Hopefully he’ll be extradited to the US to answer for his crimes. #Assangearresthttps://t.co/pi94dibOnW
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Assange‘s arrest was carried out in connection with a federal charge of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to classified US government computer“.
Important background for journalists covering the arrest of Julian #Assange by Ecuador: the United Nations formally ruled his detention to be arbitrary, a violation of human rights. They have repeatedly issued statements calling for him to walk free–including very recently. pic.twitter.com/fr12rYdWUF
Reportedly the charges relates to Assange‘s alleged role in one of the “largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States“.
The indictment alleges that in March 2010 Assangeengaged in “a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning” to assist the former US army intelligence analyst in “cracking a password” stored at the USDepartment of Defense computers connected with a government network used for classified documents and communications.
The Intercept earlier cited a source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and the president’s office as saying that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno was involved in talks with the UK and was close to finalizing an agreement to hand over the WikiLeaks’ founder to the British government within the next several weeks.