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British Home Secretary signs Assange extradition order to US

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange protest the activist's arrest with a march and rally outside the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2019.

Britain’s Home Secretary disclosed that he had submitted an official request for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the US where he is convicted of breaking the Espionage Act.

Speaking on the Today program of BBC Radio 4, Sajid Javid said on Wednesday he signed and licensed the documents with the order heading to UK court on Friday.

He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow.

The U.S. Department of Justice has brought 17 fresh accusations against the Australian journalist. In May, he was further prosecuted with one count of conspiring to obtain access to the US Pentagon network with Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst and whistleblower.

At present, Assange is serving a jail sentence in the UK for bail jumping. The 47-year-old was too sick to appear in regards to the US petition at last month’s recent meeting at the Westminster magistrates court.

The journalist spent over six years residing under asylum at London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, for fear of being handed over to the US by Britain. After the South American country chose to evict him, he was forcibly taken out of the building in April.

Supporters of Julian Assange rally for his release outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London
Supporters of Julian Assange rally against his extradition outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, who visited Assange in Belmarsh, stated he was showing visible indications of degrading and inhumane treatment that contributed to his already declining health.

The Iraq War footage depicting a U.S. Apache helicopter shooting dead 12 individuals, including two Reuters employees, is one of WikiLeaks organization’s most important and talked-about exposures.

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