Sun Jul 11 2021
The UK’s High Court will hear appeals from the US concerning Julian Assange
Julian Assange will be staying inside a prison in the UK after the US Government received permission to appeal against the January court ruling that stated he couldn’t be extradited to the US.
Ahead of that appeal, the US Department of Justice has announced a deal that would keep Assange out of Americas infamous supermax prisons, instead allowing him to serve his time in an Australian prison.
The UK High Court have granted the US permission to appeal the decision reached by Westminster Magistrates Court that found Julian Assange couldn’t be extradited to the US over fears he would commit suicide if forced to serve his sentence in a US supermax prison.
However, the WikiLeaks founder’s legal team lost out on every other legal argument against his extradition.
Permission to appeal the judgement was granted to the US based on three factors, including the fact that they’d allow him to serve his time in Australia.
The United States has also provided an assurance that the United States will consent to Mr Assange being transferred to Australia to serve any custodial sentence imposed on him.
The US stated their intention to appeal the District Judge Vanessa Baraitser's ruling shortly after it was made.
American lawyers argued before the Magistrates court that many documents appearing on the Wikileaks site contained details of US undercover operatives (spies) and their informants, thus placing them at great and immediate risk.
To date, Wikileaks has published a multitude of highly classified US Government documents, including 250,000 pages of diplomatic cables.
Assange, in turn has always argued his prosecution by the US was politicly motivated for the embarrassment he’s caused them over governmental wrongdoing in recent wars in the Middle East.
The US however, state that Assange’s involvement went far beyond just publishing these documents, claiming instead he’d actively encouraged their theft from Department of Defence networks and then helping to crack the passwords that should have protected them.
Sun Jul 11 2021