A court has ruled that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States

A court has ruled that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States

The US overturned a January UK court finding that he couldn't be extradited owing to mental health concerns.

US vows to lower suicide risk reassured judges. His fiancée indicated they'd sue.

In 2010 and 2011, Mr Assange published hundreds of classified documents.

Senior judges said the lower judge based her January ruling on the prospect of Mr Assange being extradited to a severely restrictive prison.

The US authorities eventually assured him that he would not suffer the most severe punishment unless he committed a future conduct that deserved it.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett ruled: "The guarantees provided, in our opinion, eliminate that risk.

"We believe that if the judge had seen the assurances, she would have answered the relevant issue differently."

Stella Moris, Mr Assange's girlfriend, said the verdict was "dangerous and foolish" and that US guarantees were "inherently false".

Outside the court, Ms Moris said: "Julian has been held in Belmarsh Prison for almost two years and a half, and in some form or another since December 7, 2010. How long can this last?"
Wikileaks' head editor Kristinn Hrafnsson said: "Julian's life is once again in danger, as is journalists' liberty to publish material that offends governments and companies.

"This is about a free press's right to publish without fear of a bully superpower."

Amnesty International called the verdict "unjust" and the US assurances "seriously flawed."

The organization's Europe director, Nils Muiznieks, said it "threatens press freedom both at home and abroad."

In the meanwhile, a district court must refer the matter to Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Mr Assange's lawyers, Birnberg Peirce Solicitors, said any Supreme Court appeal would be about guarantees, not free expression or "the political basis of the US extradition request".
Two of the country's most senior judges say the UK can't deport Julian Assange to America.

The Lord Chief Justice and Lord Justice Holroyde held that the US administration's word should not be disregarded when it promises the UK fair and humane treatment of a detainee.

Team Assange is likely to appeal in two ways. First, they want to appeal the January ruling that his leaks constituted a crime, but it's unclear if that will be heard.

Second, they may seek the Supreme Court to review today's decision on US diplomatic assurances, but this is unlikely because they would have to prove that the statute is fundamentally flawed, which has never been the case. So time is running out.
If extradited, Mr Assange would not be held in solitary confinement prior to or after trial, or in the ADX Florence Supermax prison in Colorado.

Lawyers for the US indicated he may be transferred to Australia to serve any term handed him closer to home.

They claim Mr Assange's mental ailment is "not even near" to severe enough to preclude his extradition.

But Mr Assange's attorneys said the promises were "meaningless and unclear."
Mr Assange, 50, faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted in the US, according to his lawyers. The US government estimates the punishment will be between four and six years.

The US government has charged Mr Assange with 18 counts of conspiring to hack into US military databases to get sensitive classified material on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, which was then published on Wikileaks.

He claims the data showed US military misconduct.

Prosecutors in the US claim the leaks of confidential material threatened lives, so they sought his extradition.

Extradition is the procedure of asking another country to send over a suspect for trial.

In May 2019, Mr Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks at prison for violating his bail conditions by hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

From 2012 until his arrest in April 2019, he sought safety in the embassy.

He was awaiting extradition to Sweden for alleged sexual assault at the time he escaped to the embassy. Case dismissed.

Despite serving a sentence for violating bail conditions, Mr. Assange is fighting extradition due to a history of fleeing.

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