On Wednesday, a U.K. judge formally approved the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, forwarding the request to Interior Minister Priti Patel for final approval.

The founder of WikiLeaks was accused by the United States government of releasing hundreds of thousands of confidential documents related to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to reports, Assange’s lawyers now have four weeks to submit arguments to Patel against his extradition. They may also appeal the case to a higher court, but there is no guarantee the case would be heard.

In 2006, Assange founded WikiLeaks which published several emails in 2016 from then-US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

Since April of 2019, Assange has been confined in a London maximum security prison. He still has a great deal of support from protestors in the UK, Australia, and the United States.

More details of the court’s decision from the DW News report:

A UK court has issued a formal order to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US to face trial over the publication of classified documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The case will now go to British Interior Minister Priti Patel for a final decision. If she approves the extradition, Assange’s lawyers can still appeal to the High Court.

Julian Assange’s wife spoke to the press following yesterday’s hearing:

Following the judge’s order, the Aljazeera report gives us more details on Assange’s legal options:

While the move brings Assange closer to facing the US charges, his legal options have not yet been exhausted. His lawyers have four weeks to make submissions to Patel. If she approves the extradition, Assange can also try to challenge the decision by judicial review, in which a judge will examine the legitimacy of a public body’s decision.

The order comes after the UK Supreme Court last month refused Assange permission to appeal against a lower court’s ruling that he could be extradited.

Following the most recent order, Assange’s lawyer, Mark Summers, told the court that the legal team had “serious submissions” to make.

Assange watched the latest proceedings by video link from Belmarsh Prison, where he has been held since 2019 when he was arrested for skipping bail during a separate legal battle.

Many people are still willing to stand up for Assange during this process. And his supporters made it abundantly clear that this has been an unfair attack on democracy, and the freedom of the press:

Sources: WLT, DW News, Aljazeera

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  1. Grizz Mann

    C’mon man! The DOJ can be trusted for fair and equal treatment for all, except those involved in the Jan 6th erection.

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