Big Blow -UK Court Orders extradition of Julian Assange to the US

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Assange is wanted in the US over an alleged conspiracy to disclose national defence information after WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Updated Wednesday 20 April 2022 13 EAT

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Westminster Magistrates’ Court has formally issued an order to extradite the WikiLeaks founder after years of legal toing and froing.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will need to approve the order, although defence lawyers may yet appeal to the High Court.

Supporters of Assange held a protest outside the court.

Supporters protested the decision outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday

Assange is wanted in the US over an alleged conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information after WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

File photo dated 13/01/20 of Julian Assange. The US government's legal challenge over a judge's decision not to extradite the Wikileaks founder is to be heard by the High Court. Assange, 50, is wanted in the US on allegations of a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Issue date: Wednesday October 27, 2021.
Assange has been held in prison for three years

He has always denied any wrongdoing.

Assange, who married his fiancée Stella Moris behind bars last month, has been held in Belmarsh prison for three years since being dragged out of the Ecuad

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