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Biden wants Assange extradited

Joe Biden, President of the United States. AFP

The US government is still trying to get Julian Assange, the founder of the website Wikileaks, extradited to the country. Assange is being held in Britain at the request of the US government in May 2009. He had previously stayed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London from 2012 and was protected there.

At the beginning of the year, a judge in the UK decided not to accede to the extradition request of the United States Government on the grounds of his mental health. The judge said that if Assange was extradited, he would most likely be held in solitary confinement under unacceptable conditions for a man in his condition. The U.S. government has appealed the ruling. leaked to the Wikileaks website. These included various data on war crimes and human rights violations by the US military abroad.

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this year . AFP

U.S. prosecutors say Assange helped military expert Chelsea Manning violate US espionage law and that Assange was an accomplice to other hackers who shared confidential and other leaked information. could endanger the state. Assange’s lawyers, however, say the trial is politically motivated and aimed at finding out about US war crimes.

Disagree Assange’s views Although the British judge ruled in favor of Assange at the beginning of the year, when the extradition request was rejected, it was not done on his grounds. On the contrary, the judge said she had no reason to believe otherwise than that “traditional constitutional protection” would apply to Assange if he went to trial in the country – in other words that he would receive a fair trial. To extradite him would therefore not be a violation of the rules on extradition of defendants who may expect political trials. Instead, the extradition request was rejected solely because of Assange’s health and fears that he would take his own life.

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