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WikiLeaks: British justice formally authorizes the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States

WikiLeaks: British justice formally authorizes the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States
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The founder of WikiLeaks is accused of espionage by the American justice.

New rebound after years of legal tussle. The Westminster Magistrates Court in London formally authorized the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States on Wednesday. There, the founder of WikiLeaks and whistleblower is accused of espionage.

However, if the British justice has officially issued an extradition order, it is up to the British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, to approve it. Defense lawyers can still appeal to the High Court.

Julian Assange faces 175 years in prison.

Caught in a protracted legal saga, the 50-year-old Australian is wanted by the American courts who want to try him for the dissemination, from 2010, of more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, in particular in Iraq. and in

Prosecuted in particular under legislation against espionage, Julian Assange faces 175 years in prison in a case denounced by human rights organizations as a severe attack on press freedom.

On March 14, he had seen one of his last hopes of avoiding his extradition disappear, with the refusal of the British Supreme Court to examine his appeal.

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