The efforts of his companion and the mobilizations will not have changed anything. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may well be sent to the United States. The 50-year-old Australian is being prosecuted there for having organized the massive leak of confidential documents. British Home Secretary Priti Patel finally signed her extradition order on the other side of the Atlantic on Friday.
“Under the Extradition Act 2003, the Minister of State must sign an extradition order if there are no grounds for barring the order,” a ministry spokesperson said. inside. The 50-year-old Australian can appeal within 14 days.
“A dark day for press freedom”
WikiLeaks denounced “a dark day for freedom of the press” in a press release. “In this case, the UK courts did not find that it would be oppressive, unfair or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange. Nor have they concluded that extradition would be inconsistent with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and freedom of expression, and that while he is in the United States he will be treated in a manner appropriate, including with regard to his health,” the spokesperson stressed.
He is claimed by the American justice system which wants to judge him for the dissemination, from 2010, of more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, in particular in Iraq and Afghanistan. He faces 175 years in prison. He was arrested in 2019 after spending more than seven years as a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.