Court Orders Julian Assange’s Extradition to U.S.

Julian Assange’s Extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will likely be extradited to the U.S. from Britain following a decision by Britain’s high court. Assange faces life in prison for felony charges under the Espionage Act in the U.S.

Assange has been serving time for years under cruel conditions in Belmarsh, a maximum-security prison in London, while fighting a U.S. extradition order. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel will need to sign off on the decision before it becomes final.

“16 months ago, this court decided that the extradition of Assange would pose a threat to his life, that it would be tantamount to a death sentence,” WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson said in response to the news.

“Now this court has decided to pass this death sentence. This is what happened here today,” she added.

Assange’s attorneys have until May 18 to make the case to the administration of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to refuse the extradition orders.

Big League Politics has reported on how federal authorities once plotted to assassinate Assange, which is an indicator that safety will be in grave danger if extradited to the U.S.:

The Central Intelligence Agency considered plots to either kidnap or assassinate Australian journalist Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks in 2017, according to new reporting from Yahoo News published on Sunday.

Wikileaks’ publication of information related to CIA hacking tools set off a renewed antipathy against the journalist within the intelligence agency. CIA personnel went so far as to ask for “sketches” or “options” for a possible assassination plot targeting Assange. The Wikileaks founder resided in the UK’s Ecuadorian Embassy at the time as a means to evade arrest by British authorities.

Around the same time, CIA personnel were monitoring video surveillance footage of Assange associates and Assange himself, seeking means to disrupt Wikileaks by sowing internal discord within the organization.

Then-Trump administration CIA director Mike Pompeo was bent on revenge against Assange, siding with the US Deep State in an attempt to silence Assange’s journalism. The United States continues to seek extradition of Assange after the United Kingdom arrested Assange on supposed violation of bail conditions. One British judge has already denied an extradition request, citing human rights concerns surrounding the US federal prison system.

The CIA’s cavalier plans targeting Assange were ultimately shot down by Trump White House lawyers. Some CIA personnel concerned with the legality of kidnapping and assassination plots also brought the matter to the attention of members of Congress. The Department of Justice also worried outlandish plots to kidnap or assassinate Assange would ruin attempts to prosecute him for alleged involvement in plots to release classified information.

Assange is most known for exposing internal Democratic Party communications that revealed the party’s 2016 presidential primary was rigged against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton. Assange remains imprisoned at Belmarsh Prison in England on bail offenses, with the United States continuing to seek his extradition and prosecution under the Biden administration.

Remember, President Donald Trump could have pardoned Assange before he was forced out of office. He instead chose to pardon rappers, drug dealers, and crooked associates. This is the legacy of the Trump presidency – a fortified deep state and a much more hostile global atmosphere against freedom of information.

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Julian Assange’s Extradition to U.S.

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