Julian Assange CAN appeal against extradition by the US Supreme Court

Today Julian Assange won the appeal against extradition to America from the Supreme Court. This will open the door to a crucial legal battle that will determine whether Assange can spend his entire life in prison. 

Assange is 50 and wanted by America. He is accused of conspiring against hacking a Pentagon computer network to get hundreds of thousand of files about the Afghanistan-Iraq wars. 

The US prevailed in the High Court’s challenge of an earlier ruling that Assange could not be extradited for a real and “oppressive” risk of death. Officials had promised that he wouldn’t be subject to any’restrictive conditions’. 

Assange’s lawyers tried to stop his extradition by arguing that the case was of “general public importance” and should therefore be considered in the hands of the UK’s top judges. Today, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and Lord Justice Holroyde agreed. 

Assange, 50, is wanted in America over an alleged conspiracy following WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents

Assange is 50 and wanted by the United States for an alleged conspiracies following WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousand of leaked documents

Assange’s fiancee, Stella Moris, and his lawyers, Birnberg Peirce Solicitors, said the High Court’s earlier decision was overly reliant on assurances given by the US about the prison conditions he would face if extradited.

Assange has been held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison in London since 2019, when he was arrested for skipping bail during a separate legal battle.

Prior to that, he was held prisoner in Ecuador’s London Embassy. He sought diplomatic protection in 2012 in order to avoid being extradited from Sweden for rape or sexual assault allegations.

Sweden ended its investigation into sex crime in November 2019, owing to the lack of time.

Assange's fiancee, Stella Moris, argues the WikiLeaks founder will be a suicide risk if he is extradited to the US

Stella Moris Assange’s girlfriend, says that WikiLeaks founder WikiLeaks is a potential suicide target if Assange is extradited. 

American prosecutors claim that Assange illegally assisted Chelsea Manning, U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to steal classified diplomatic cables. These files were later published by WikiLeaks, which put lives in danger.

Assange’s lawyers claim that Assange was acting as journalist, and therefore should not be charged.

The documents were published by him and they expose US military wrongdoings in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.