WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to check on Monday whether a British judge approved extradition to the United States for suspicion, including espionage over the release of secret US military documents.
US authorities accused Australian-born Assange, 49, of violating secret laws and plotting to hack government computers by revealing vast amounts of military secret records and diplomatic cables a decade ago.
If convicted of espionage after being surrendered, Assange could go to jail for 30 to 40 years, his lawyer says. However, prosecutors are saying that he will receive more than 63 months in prison.
Anyone who loses the ruling on Monday is more likely to appeal to the London High Court, and the case could go to the British Supreme Court to delay the final outcome.
U.S. prosecutors and Western security officials view the founder of WikiLeaks, Sanji Er, as a reckless and dangerous enemy of the state, threatening the lives of agents named in the material.
Supporters regard him as an anti-establishment hero who was sacrificed by exposing American faults in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and said his prosecution was an attack on freedom of the press and press.
Assange’s legal team revealed in a final written submission to Judge Vanessa Baraitser that the prosecution was motivated politically “in a unique period of American history under the Trump administration (US President Donald).”
The legal team representing the United States disputed the claim, saying that it was forbidden for US federal prosecutors to consider political views when making decisions.
WikiLeaks published a video of the U.S. military in Baghdad in 2010 showing an Apache helicopter attack in 2007, killing 12 people, including two Reuters News staff. Then they released thousands of secret classified files and diplomatic cables.
The legal saga began soon when Sweden requested Assange’s extradition from Britain on charges of sex offenses. When he lost the case in 2012, he ran away to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he spent 7 years and had two children in the meantime.
When he was finally dragged in April 2019, he was imprisoned for violating British bail conditions, although the Swedish case against Sweden was cancelled. In June, the US Department of Justice officially asked the British to extradite him.
A Sanji’s legal team said that the charges were politically motivated, his mental health was at risk, the situation in the U.S. prison was violating British human rights laws, and that he and his lawyers were monitored while he was at the Ecuadorian embassy. Said.
The U.S. legal team said that many of Assange’s defensive claims must be settled in trial and are issues not related to humanity.
There is also a possibility that Joe Biden will overturn the prosecution decision to take over as President Trump’s successor later this month.