UK Blocks Extradition of Julian Assange to USA

By Democracy Now

Julian Assange

HAVANA TIMES – A British judge has blocked the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. He could have faced up to 175 years in prison.

In an extraordinary decision, Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange would not be safe in U.S. prisons due to the state of his mental health and the increased risk of suicide.

Additonally, Judge Baraitser said, “I find that the mental condition of Mr. Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America.” Supporters of Assange celebrated outside the London courthouse.

John Rees: “Do celebrate that the American prison system is so bad that even this judge wouldn’t send Julian Assange into it.”

In 2019, Julian Assange was indicted in the United States on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The US attorneys have two weeks to file an appeal.

Read more news on Havana Times.

2 thoughts on “UK Blocks Extradition of Julian Assange to USA

  • Julian Assange has done many things.
    He is an interesting individual. Don’t quite know what I think about him.
    Like most people he will be neither 100% good nor 100% bad.
    But one thing is for sure:
    For decades the USA consistently told a whole bunch officially sanctioned lies regarding it’s foreign policies, of specific relevance here are it’s corrupt and disgraceful policies toward Cuba.
    Assange exposed this for exactly what it was:
    A big old pack of lowdown dirty lies.
    When it was mentioned that the USA attempted to introduce swine flu into Cuba, those who defended US policies on Cuba said this was BS.
    Turns out it was true all along.
    All of which begs the questions:
    Assange exposed a small amount of the USA’s dirty secrets but how tiny a percentage was this?
    What are the other myriad fetid and squalid U.S. secrets that will never have the light of truth and proof shone upon them?
    Those who put down Cuba for its failings but pardon and turn a blind eye to the USA’s Cuba Policies need to take a good look in the mirror and rid themselves of their delusions of being on some kinda moral high ground.

  • Julian Asante is a hero who deserves a Noble prize!

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