/ 28 October 2021

America’s appeal to extradite Assange has kicked off

Image source: AP
Image source: AP

Aussie WikiLeaker Julian Assange has appeared in a London court via video link from prison as the US continues its legal battle to extradite him. To recap: in 2019, Assange was dragged out of the Ecuador Embassy in London, and then America charged him over the publication of top-secret military documents in 2010. He avoided being extradited last year over concerns for his mental health, but the US is appealing that decision – and here we are. Assange is considered a flight risk and has been kept in custody awaiting this appeal. Overnight, lawyers for the US say he could be sent to the US because he would be treated well – and could eventually serve any prison sentence in Australia. Assange’s lawyers say Oz has given no indication on what it thinks about that… The hearing will continue tomorrow, with a decision coming at a later date. Legal experts say it could take years to resolve.

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