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UK government approves extradition of Julian Assange to US

Julian Assange, fundador do WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks.| Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EFE

The British government approved this Friday (17) the extradition of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, to the United States. He is charged with 11 crimes, including espionage, through the disclosure of military records and confidential diplomatic documents. In North American territory, he can face a penalty of 175 years in prison.

Assange’s defense still has days to appeal the decision of the British government. She must appeal to the High Court in London, which can uphold the appeal and ultimately try to take the case to the UK High Court. If the appeal is denied, Assange must be extradited within 28 days.

At 17 years, the Australian journalist and activist is imprisoned in the maximum security penitentiary Belmarsh, England, since 2019. Before that, he spent seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In March, he got married in prison to his partner Stella Moris.

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