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Julian Assange will not be extradited to U.S.

By Ninian Carter

January 4, 2021 - A UK court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the U.S. to face espionage charges following publication of classified military and political documents.

Charges against Julian Assange date back to 2010 and 2011, when thousands of classified documents leaked by U.S. Army whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, were published by Assange's WikiLeaks organisation.

In 2012, Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he remained in hiding for almost seven years, until his arrest in 2019.

Since then he has been fighting a U.S. extradition request on charges of espionage – facing a possible 175 years in prison.

On January 4, 2021, Judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked a U.S. extradition request, citing concerns over Assange’s mental health.

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PUBLISHED: 04/01/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press, Getty Images, Creative Commons
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