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Excerpt: "The United States government formally submitted an extradition request against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United Kingdom, according to a U.S. official."

Assange supporters protested outside the Magistrates Court in Westminster in May 2019. (photo: Reuters)
Assange supporters protested outside the Magistrates Court in Westminster in May 2019. (photo: Reuters)

US Officially Files Extradition Request for Julian Assange

By teleSUR

12 June 19

Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in a London jail for skipping bail when he fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in 2012.

he United States (U.S.) government formally submitted an extradition request against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United Kingdom, according to a U.S. official close to the issue quoted by The Washington Post on Monday.

Assange formally denied his "consent" to an extradition request made by the U.S. on May 2, before the Westminster Court of Magistrates in London.

"I do not wish to surrender for extradition. I'm a journalist winning many, many awards and protecting many people," said Assange who testified by video conference from the Belmarsh maximum security prison, where he is imprisoned after having been condemned by another British court to 50 weeks of jail for violating his conditional freedom in 2012.

The U.S. Justice Department has mounted 18 charges in total against him, with accusations of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of a 2010 leak by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military reports about the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and American diplomatic communications.

All this comes after Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno allowed Assange's seven-year asylum was abruptly removed and he was arrested by British police on April 11.

On April 15, Ecuador’s government issued an official statement showing two letters from U.K. officials addressed to President Lenin Moreno, assuring the head of state that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face the death penalty.

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+7 # elizabethblock 2019-06-12 10:32
The Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno said the US wants to try Assange for treason. She is one of those whose stock in trade is vitriol, untempered by accuracy.
He's not a US citizen!
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-12 10:33
I thought a formal request was already filed. This must be an additional filing. Something seems missing from this story. The only source is a Wapo article and it probably was a leak from the CIA or another of the Wapo's usual sources. Clearly a lot is missing there.

This should be an easy case for the British courts -- if they consider British, EU, and international laws. Assange cannot legally be turned over to the US. But I have very little faith in the British courts. I just hope Assange's attorneys are ready with a motion to the European Court of Human Rights. It can overrule the British court.

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