Lord Justice Holroyde will allow U.S. authorities to extradite Assange to face 18 charges in the U.S for publishing documents the government did not want anyone to know about. In exchange, the United States promises not to use solitary confinement and other common methods of torture that the United States is known for.
“Assange will be sent to his home country of Australia to serve the prison sentence and not to incarcerate him in super-maximum security prison ADX Florence. They also included an agreement not to subject him to a highly restrictive form of solitary confinement, provided he did not commit another offense”, the Times reported.
A coalition of 25 press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights organizations sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland saying:
“We appreciate that the government has a legitimate interest in protecting bona fide national security interests, but the proceedings against Mr. Assange jeopardize journalism that is crucial to democracy. In our view, a precedent created by prosecuting Assange could be used against publishers and journalists alike, chilling their work and undermining freedom of the press.” The coalition said that the reports of a CIA plot to assassinate Assange “only heightens our concerns about the motivations behind this prosecution, and about the dangerous precedent that is being set.”
Assange will remain in Belmarsh Prison. British Home Secretary, Priti Patel will decide on whether the extradition should go ahead. Stella Moris, Assaunges fiancé told Reuters, “We will appeal this decision at the earliest possible moment”.
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