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 June 12, 2023

Judge in the UK has denied Julian Assange's request to block his extradition to the United States

According to reports, a judge in the United Kingdom has denied Julian Assange's request to block his extradition to the United States, as Breitbart News reported.

Julian Assange, the editor of Wikileaks, reportedly filed an appeal with the High Court in the United Kingdom to prevent his extradition to the United States, where he faces an 18-count charge. This appeal was apparently refused by a judge at the High Court.

Chris Pollard and Rebecca Camber of the Daily Mail were the first to break the news of the secret judgement handed down by the High Court, which is rumored to have occurred on Monday.

According to the article, Julian Assange's legal team has indicated that they would not challenge the verdict even though they have until the end of the week to file an appeal against it.

The United States Department of Justice made the announcement in May 2019 that a federal grand jury had issued an 18-count superseding indictment against Assange for the alleged role he played in the compilation of troves of secret information.

In particular, the DOJ claims that Assange “was complicit with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense.”

According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Assange and the Wikileaks databases reportedly received over half a million "activity reports" from Manning pertaining to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts as well as Guantanamo Bay detainee briefs:"[M]any of these documents were classified at the Secret level," the DOJ stated.

Before officials at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London welcomed British police inside to capture Assange in April 2019, months after it was announced that the Department of Justice had a sealed indictment against him.

Assange had resided in the embassy since 2012 under diplomatic asylum and had earned citizenship in the nation. He had been granted refuge in Ecuador in 2012.

The report in the Daily Mail indicates that Assange's extradition might be stopped by the European Court of Human Rights if he does not file a further appeal in the matter.

This would make the European Court of Human Rights the sole institution with the ability to do so.

According to the source, even though he has already filed an appeal with the court, it appears unlikely that such a scenario would play out.

The outlet reported that the court has only approved such "interim measures" on seven percent of petitions between the years 2020-22.

According to the source, an action of this nature on the part of the European court may be interpreted as an attack on the legal system that is in place in the United Kingdom.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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