Assange will be extradited to US
The US overturned an appeal against a ruling by a lower court that prohibited Julian Assange's extradition.
On Friday, the US government overturned a block on the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from Britain to face trial for publishing top-secret documents exposing war crimes perpetrated by the US and its allies across the globe, although options to appeal remain open to his legal team.
Washington presented the challenge after a lower court judge in London ruled in January that the 50-year-old journalist would be a suicide risk in the US justice system.
Assange’s fiancee, Stella Moris, denounced the decision as "grave miscarriage of justice," as quoted by Wikileaks on Twitter.
BREAKING: Ruling on the US's appeal against refusal to extradite Julian Assange will be given tomorrow, December 10th at 10.15am at the Court of Appeal in London #FreeAssangeNOW pic.twitter.com/ncVodVFoGp— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 9, 2021
Julian Assange fiancee @StellaMoris1: “How can it be fair, how can it be right, how can it be possible, to extradite Julian to the very country which plotted to kill him?” #FreeAssangeNOW #AssangeCase https://t.co/0K3ojEkwaK pic.twitter.com/b2q7Nz6RwL— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 10, 2021
High Court decision “Grave miscarriage of justice,” says Julian Assange’s fiancée after a UK court overturned an earlier decision blocking the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States #FreeAssangeNOW #AssangeCase— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 10, 2021
Link: https://t.co/xD0NDaxhHJ pic.twitter.com/IE5WLsy8Ku
Activists gathered outside the courthouse in central London erupted in protest after the news of the decision filtered outside.
“This is an utterly shameful development that has alarming implications not only for Assange’s mental health but also for journalism and press freedom around the world,” wrote Rebecca Vincent, who has been monitoring the extradition hearing for Reporters Without Borders and was in the courtroom on Friday.