Assange Granted Reprieve from Extradition to US, but Fate Remains Uncertain: A Look at the Latest in the Political Battle between Julian Assange and the United States

Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

Julian Assange has been granted a temporary reprieve from extradition to the United States, at least for now. The British justice system has requested new guarantees from the US regarding the treatment of the Wikileaks founder before agreeing to extradition. British judges have given the American authorities three weeks to provide these assurances.

Assange is wanted by the US for his role in leaking over 700,000 classified documents, including a video showing civilians, including journalists, being killed in Iraq. He has been in custody since 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. There have been calls for US President Joe Biden to drop the charges against Assange, as his supporters raise concerns about his health and the risk of suicide if he is extradited.

During recent court hearings, Assange’s lawyers argued that the case against him is politically motivated and that he is being prosecuted for normal journalistic practices. The US government, however, contends that Assange knowingly published names of individuals who served as sources of information for the United States, setting him apart from traditional media outlets.

While the UK initially ruled in favor of Assange’s extradition in January 2021, concerns about his mental health led to a later reversal of the decision. The US has sought to address these concerns by offering assurances that Assange will not be held in maximum security and will have access to necessary medical and psychological care. They have also opened the possibility of him serving his sentence in Australia.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has denounced the US prosecution of Assange and called for an end to the persecution. Supporters continue to rally around Assange, expressing their solidarity during his court hearings

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