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UK judge rules against extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to US Julian Assange
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UK judge rules against extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to US

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Jan 2021, 06:51 pm

London/Sputnik: UK district judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled on Monday against the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he could face up to 175 years in jail for the publication of classified information on the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as thousands of US diplomatic cables between 2010 and 2011.

"I rule it would be unjust to extradite Mr. Assange," the judge said, citing health reasons and the risk that the whistleblower could commit suicide. 

Amnesty International tweeted: "We welcome the fact that Julian Assange will not be sent to the USA, but this does not absolve the UK from having engaged in this politically-motivated process at the behest of the USA and putting media freedom and freedom of expression on trial."

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