Julian Assange’s Legal Battle Against Extradition: A Fight for Freedom of Expression”.

Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

Julian Assange has been granted a temporary reprieve from extradition to the United States, at least for the time being. 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. If the guarantees are not presented within this time frame, Assange will have the opportunity to appeal his extradition, which was accepted by the London Government in June 2022.

The case against Assange is highly political and controversial. His lawyers argue that he is being prosecuted for normal journalistic practices and that his actions were motivated by a desire to expose government wrongdoing. However, the US government 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.

Julian Assange has been in custody since 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He 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. 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 his case is politically motivated and that he is being prosecuted for normal journalistic practices. The US government contends that Assange’s actions set him apart from traditional media outlets and that he should be held accountable for his actions.

While it remains unclear what will happen next in Julian Assange’s legal battle against extradition to the United States, one thing is certain: His fight for freedom of expression continues on behalf of all journalists around the world who risk their lives to expose truths about those in power.

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