In a setback for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a British judge ruled to allow the U.S. to widen the scope of its argument as it appeals the January decision to block Assange’s extradition. The United States argued the judge who blocked the extradition on the grounds that Assange was a suicide risk did not sufficiently take into account expert evidence that contradicted this finding. The full appeal hearing is scheduled for the end of October. Assange faces up to 175 years behind bars under the Espionage Act for publishing classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes. Julian Assange’s partner Stella Moris spoke Wednesday outside the London courthouse.
Stella Moris: “For every day that this colossal injustice is allowed to continue, Julian’s situation grows increasingly desperate. He won the case against the U.S. government seven months ago, yet he remains in Belmarsh prison. What is this, if not punishment by process?”