Extradition of Assange to the US delayed

Uncertain Future for Julian Assange: Fight Against Extradition Continues Amid Concerns about Mental Health

Julian Assange will not face extradition to the United States at least for now, as the British justice system has requested new guarantees from the US regarding his treatment before agreeing to extradition. British judges have given the American authorities three weeks to provide these assurances. If the guarantees are not presented within this time frame, Assange will have the opportunity to appeal his extradition, which was accepted by the London Government in June 2022.

Assange is wanted by the US for his role in leaking over 700,000 classified documents, including a video showing civilians, including journalists, being killed in Iraq. He has been in custody since 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. There have been calls for US President Joe Biden to drop the charges against Assange, as his supporters raise concerns about his health and the risk of suicide if he is extradited.

During recent court hearings, Assange’s lawyers argued that the case against him is politically motivated and that he is being prosecuted for normal journalistic practices. The US government, however, contends that Assange knowingly published names of individuals who served as sources of information for the United States, setting him apart from traditional media outlets.

While there were initial concerns about Assange’s mental health leading to a reversal of his extradition decision by UK courts earlier this year, recent reports suggest that he is doing well and no longer poses a threat of self-harm or suicide. The US has sought to address these concerns by offering assurances that Assange will not be held in maximum security and will have access to necessary medical and psychological care. They have also opened the possibility of him serving his sentence in Australia.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has denounced the US prosecution of Assange and called for an end to persecution against him. Supporters continue to rally around Assange during court hearings and call for freedom of expression rights for journalists like him who expose government secrets.

As legal battles continue between Assange and US authorities over whether he should be extradited or allowed to serve his sentence in Australia instead of facing trial in America’s criminal justice system, it remains uncertain what lies ahead for Julian Assange’s future.

In conclusion, Julian Assange’s fate remains uncertain as he fights against extradition and advocates for freedom of expression rights for journalists like himself who expose government secrets. While there are some concerns about his mental health leading to a reversal of his initial extradition decision earlier this year, recent reports suggest that he is doing well and no longer poses a threat of self-harm or suicide. As legal battles continue between him and US authorities over whether he should be extradited or allowed to serve his sentence in Australia instead of facing trial in America’s criminal justice system

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