Assange granted temporary reprieve in extradition to US: Fears over treatment as case remains politically charged

Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

The British justice system has granted Julian Assange a temporary reprieve from extradition to the United States. The US government is yet to provide new guarantees regarding the treatment of Assange, and British judges have given them three weeks to do so. If the assurances are not provided within this time frame, Assange will be able to appeal his extradition, which was accepted by the London Government in June 2022.

Julian Assange is wanted by the US for his role in leaking over 700,000 classified documents, including a video showing civilians being killed in Iraq. He has been in custody since 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. There have been calls for US President Joe Biden to drop the charges against Assange as his supporters raise concerns about his health and suicide risk if he is extradited.

During recent court hearings, Assange’s lawyers argued that the case against him was politically motivated and that he was being prosecuted for normal journalistic practices. However, the US government contends that Assange knowingly published names of individuals who served as sources of information for the United States, setting him apart from traditional media outlets.

While UK initially ruled in favor of Assange’s extradition in January 2021, concerns about his mental health led to a later reversal of decision. The US has sought to address these concerns by offering assurances that Assange will not be held in maximum security and will have access to necessary medical and psychological care. They have also opened up possibility of him serving sentence in Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has denounced the US prosecution of Julian Assange and called for an end to persecution. Supporters continue to rally around him during court hearings expressing their solidarity as they fight for freedom of expression.

The future of Julian Assange remains uncertain as he continues to fight against extradition while raising awareness on how governments can abuse power and curtail civil liberties through surveillance and censorship

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