(FeaturedNews.com) – After seven years as a refugee in an Ecuadorian embassy and another three at a high-security prison in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may finally head to the US to face charges. A British Magistrate ordered his case sent to the secretary of state for final approval of extradition to America. The charges include espionage and could send the alleged hacker to jail for life.
Julian Assange extradition to U.S. ordered by U.K. court https://t.co/EpQdZBO1wR
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 20, 2022
According to Newsweek, Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring relayed a message to Assange in a 7-minute video conference that he was bound by to send the case up the ladder. Now that the court is done with him, the British ministry takes over. British Home Secretary Priti Patel has the final say on whether or not to release Assange. His attorneys can petition her until May 18 with motions to stop the extradition. Opposition Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn was on-site to protest the court’s decision, telling Assange supporters he had done nothing wrong other than speak the truth.
Assange’s charges stem from his alleged publication of documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Wikileaks released thousands of classified items. The 50-year-old founder faces 18 criminal charges. If convicted, the former squatter could be sentenced to 175 years in prison.
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