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Julian Assange will be deported to the United States

Recent developments

The controversy surrounding the expulsion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States has been going on for a long time. Now deportation to the United States is approaching. What is he threatening there, and what is the background to his arrest?

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have been demanding his release for years.

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Recent developments

  • A London court has officially approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States on Wednesday (April 20). However, Assange’s lawyers have four weeks to present further reasons for the objection. Further study in court was not excluded. The U.S. Department of Justice wants to prosecute a 50-year-old man on espionage charges. If convicted, he faces up to 175 years in prison.
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been in prison in London for about three years, married his longtime partner Stella Morris on March 23, 2022. The couple met during the years of Assange’s diplomatic asylum at the Ecuadorian Mission in London between 2012 and 2019 and have two children. Only four guests and two witnesses were allowed to attend the civil ceremony behind the prison walls.
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange deported to US On March 14, 2022, the Supreme Court in London ruled that Assange’s lawyers’ application had been rejected on the grounds that there were insufficient legal grounds.
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be extradited to the United States. On December 10, the Court of Appeal in London lifted the deportation ban. Judge Timothy Holroyd ruled that the United States had made several assurances to Britain on the terms of Assange’s detention. In this way the United States has succeeded at some point. The legal controversy surrounding the extradition requested by the United States is about whether the earlier denial of the U.S. extradition request can be revoked or whether the end of the first instance will stand. Hopefully Assange will be released soon. Now the court is demanding that the British government decide on Assange’s expulsion.

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