USA has two months to finalize extradition case against WikiLeaks' Assange

USA has two months to finalize extradition case against WikiLeaks' Assange

USA has two months to finalize extradition case against WikiLeaks' Assange

Julian Assange "smeared poo on the walls" at the Ecuadorian embassy in London during his seven year stay there when he was claiming asylum, an Ecuadorian minister has claimed. British police arrested Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy for breaching bail issued in 2012 and on a USA extradition warrant issued in 2018.

US prosecutors have just under two months to present British authorities with a final and detailed criminal case to justify the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a USA government official said on Friday.

The letter to the Home Secretary was organised by Labour MP Stella Creasy and stated: "We are writing to request that you do everything you can to champion action that will ensure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden make an extradition request".

Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange was beyond their reach while at the embassy. They also confirmed he would resist extradition, saying that it set a "dangerous precedent where any journalist could face USA charges for publishing truthful information about the United States".

"We expect all the relevant authorities to ensure Mr Assange's right to a fair trial is upheld by authorities, including in any extradition proceedings that may take place", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing.

CNN is reporting the Justice Department is expected to bring additional charges against Assange.

The Wikileaks founder will next appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 2 by prison video-link in relation to the extradition.

Despite this support, for Ecuador, which prides itself on its hospitality and spent nearly $1mn a year protecting Assange, his behaviour was seen been by some as a national insult.

The prosecution service said it did not have a timetable for when any decisions on the case would be made, but added the statute for limitations would not expire until August 2020. The seeking Assange's extradition.

After news broke that Assange had been arrested, the lawyer for the woman who accused him of rape tweeted that she and her client were shocked, but said they'd been hoping for it since 2012. Regardless, Assange will have to serve any prison sentence for skipping bail in 2012 for the sexual assault and rape allegations, which a judge will determine at a later date.

The Home Secretary, a senior Cabinet official, has some leeway to block extradition under certain specific circumstances, including cases where a person facing extradition might face capital punishment or torture in that country.

He sought refuge with Ecuador, claiming that his extradition to Sweden was a pretext for his transfer to the United States.

WikiLeaks says he will fight the USA extradition request and has been meeting with his legal team to plan his defense.

When asked what he thinks should happen to Assange, who is charged with leaking national security secrets, Trump said, "I don't really have any opinion".

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