Consortium News:ㅤCan Assange’s Extradition Be Stopped?

Consortium News:ㅤCan Assange’s Extradition Be Stopped?

31-03-24 09:03:00,

The WikiLeaks publisher could have his appeal against extradition heard if the U.S. does not give “satisfactory assurances” of rights and protection against the death penalty, writes Marjorie Cohn.

Assange as Socrates. (Mr. Fish)

By Marjorie Cohn

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is closer than ever to being extradited to the United States for trial on 17 counts under the Espionage Act and one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion over WikiLeaks’s 2010-2011 revelation of evidence of U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay. He faces 175 years in prison.

“This is a signal to all of you that if you expose the interests that are driving war they will come after you, they will put you in prison and they will try to kill you,” said Stella Assange, Julian’s wife, of his prosecution.

Last Tuesday, the High Court of England and Wales denied Assange the opportunity to make most of his appellate arguments. But the two-judge panel of Justice Jeremy Johnson and Dame Victoria Sharp left open the possibility that Assange could appeal on three grounds.

They found that Assange “has a real prospect of success” on the following issues: If extradited to the U.S.,

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