U.S. Submits Extradition Request for Julian Assange

HeadlineJun 11, 2019

The U.S. has submitted its formal extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to media reports. An indictment filed in May charged Assange with one count of conspiring to hack into a government computer and 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act, in the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange is currently behind bars at London’s Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012, after being forcibly removed from the Ecuadorean Embassy by British police in April. His lawyers and the U.N. rapporteur on torture have warned of Assange’s deteriorating health due to his ongoing detention and years of “psychological torture.”

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