London Court Denies US Authorities Extradition of Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

A London court on Monday, January 4, rejected the US request for the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. This decision can be appealed by the lawyers of the American side. The US extradition request was denied due to concerns about Assange's mental health, the court said.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser admitted that Assange suffers from autism, clinical depression and suicidal tendencies. According to her, the condition of the founder of WikiLeaks could seriously worsen if held in solitary confinement in the United States. In addition, according to the judge, Assange is "intelligent enough" to circumvent any measures designed to prevent suicide attempts.

In April 2019, Assange was detained at the request of the American side. 18 charges of espionage and disclosure of classified information were brought against him. It is noted that in case of extradition to the United States, Assange faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years.

Assange is currently in a London prison, where he was taken after he was handed over to the authorities by the Ecuadorian embassy. The journalist has been hiding there since 2012.

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