Lawyer Assange Talks on Extradition Hearing
According to a comprehensive report, the lawyer for Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, told Russian Satellite News Agency that the UK will hold a full extradition hearing on the case of extradition of Assange to the United States on February 25, 2020. The lawyer hopes that the United States' request will be rejected.
In June this year, the U.S. Department of Justice requested the British government to extradite Assange to the United States on allegations that he was suspected of assaulting a U.S. government computer and breaching the spy law. He has 18 charges and will face up to 175 years in prison. A London court has ruled that a full extradition hearing will be held in February 2020 for a period of five days to determine whether Assange should be extradited to the United States.
In addition, Assange's lawyer also told the satellite news agency that Assange will testify to a Spanish court as a victim of a US intelligence spy case on December 20, 2019 through a video connection. The case involved a Spanish security company suspected of monitoring Assange while sharing asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy and sharing the collected information with the CIA.
Assange, 48, an Australian, founded the "Wiki Secret" website in 2006. The site exposed a large number of confidential US government documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010. In November of the same year, the Swedish Prosecutor's Office initiated a criminal investigation into Assange on the grounds of alleged rape.
Assange was in the UK at the time and refused to plead guilty after being arrested by British police. He entered the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 during bail. On April 11 this year, the Ecuadorian government withdrew asylum from Assange, and Assange was immediately arrested by British police.
On May 1, a British court sentenced Assange to 50 weeks in prison for violating bail regulations seven years ago and entering the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK for asylum.
In November this year, Swedish prosecutors announced that they would withdraw investigations into WikiLeaks founder Assange's allegations of sexual assault. However, Assange still faces the risk of being extradited to the United States.
Assange is still being held in a British prison. However, more than 60 doctors from multiple countries have jointly issued an open letter saying that Assange in prison has deteriorated to a life-threatening condition.
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