Wikileaks, judge authorizes Assange extradition to the US

The British judiciary has formally authorized the extradition to the US of the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange. Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Justice Paul Goldspring handed down the extradition sentence after a hearing that lasted only seven minutes. Now the dossier will be sent to the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, who is responsible for the last decision and the signing of the extradition order of Assange who in the United States is accused of various crimes, including espionage, for having published thousands of secret documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010. “It is my duty to send the case for the decision” of the government, Judge Goldspring said, during the hearing that followed the one with which last March was the appeal to the decision in favor of the draw was denied. Assange was not in the courtroom, but he was video-linked from Belmarsh prison. Outside the courthouse, there were several protesters with “do not extradite Assange” signs. Assange has been held in London prison since 2019, after having been a refugee for seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy to escape arrest and extradition process. But even an eventual signature by Patel of the extradition would not definitively put an end to the very long legal battle of the 50-year-old founder of Wikileaks, who at the end of March got married in prison with Stella Morris, one of his lawyers with whom in recent years he has had two children. Faced with the extradition order signed by the government, Assange could still file an appeal, requesting a review by a judge of the legitimacy of the decision made.