Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

Julian Assange will not be extradited to the United States for now, as British justice has requested new guarantees from the US regarding his treatment. The British judges have given three weeks for the American authorities to provide these guarantees, as Assange is facing charges for a massive leak of confidential documents. The U.S. is being asked to ensure that Assange can benefit from the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects freedom of expression.

If the guarantees are not presented within the three-week deadline, Assange will be able to appeal against his extradition, which was accepted by the London Government in June 2022. The U.S. judicial system is holding Assange accountable for the publication of over 700,000 classified documents, including a video showing civilians being killed by a U.S. helicopter in Iraq.

There have been calls for President Joe Biden to drop the charges against Assange, as his health has been deteriorating during his time in prison. His defense argues that the trial against him is political and that extradition would endanger his health and life.

Assange’s lawyers argue that he is being prosecuted for journalistic practices of obtaining and publishing information.

The court will have to decide whether the guarantees provided by the U.S are satisfactory or not.

The U.S has assured that Assange will not be put in maximum security prison if extradited and that he will receive necessary clinical and psychological assistance.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia has denounced

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