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U.S. submits formal extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

13 June 2019

He was arrested by British police in April after Ecuador finally withdrew his asylum and is now serving a 50-week prison sentence for violating his bail conditions. That is because the U.S. -U.K. treaty prohibits extradition for the specific charges Assange faces. There is no chance that Julian will get a fair trial here [in Britain], or in the US of course, unless there's a change of reporting, that people actually start speaking out.

Assange is now serving 50 weeks in a London jail for violating his bail conditions in 2012, when he took refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges.

Federal prosecutors have subsequently unsealed indictments charging Mr. Assange with a total of 18 felony counts, including mostly violations of the U.S. Espionage Act related to his alleged solicitation and publication of classified military and diplomatic material. Assange's legal team, for its part, insists that the ultimate goal of the Swedish case against him is to get the journalist extradited to the US.

Assange took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 to avoid possible extradition to Sweden to face charges that he raped a Swedish woman.

The new charges include violation of a USA espionage statute.

A department spokesperson told The Washington Times that the US submitted its request to the United Kingdom government for the extradition of Mr. Assange ahead of a deadline this week to do so. "Some say that Assange is a journalist and that he should be immune from prosecution for these actions", John Demers, the Assistant Attorney-General for National Security, said when the indictment was filed last month.

During a media briefing Tuesday in London, Mr. Hrafnsson said the case against Mr. Assange strikes at the heart of what journalists do: obtain information, or encourage others to provide information, and then publish the contents. She was recently found in contempt for refusing to cooperate with federal prosecutors pursuing charges against Mr. Assange and remanded behind bars, however.

Representatives for WikiLeaks did not immediately return a request for comment.

Assange is set to face a hearing in London over the extradition on 14 June.

Mr. Assange's next extradition hearing is scheduled for this Friday in London.

U.S. submits formal extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange