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Graphic shows a timeline of events that led to Julian Assange's arrest in London and possible extradition to the United States.


Julian Assange can be extradited to U.S.

By Ninian Carter

December 10, 2021 - The U.S. has moved a step closer to extradicting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on espionage charges, after senior British judges were assured that U.S. conditions would reduce his risk of suicide.

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.

Eleven months later, on December 10, senior judges quashed her ruling, after the U.S. promised Assange would not be put into solitary confinement – reducing his risk of suicide.

PUBLISHED: 10/12/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press, Getty Images, Creative Commons