A team of lawyers of the Australian journalist and founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange hopes that the American side will refuse to continue the fight for his extradition.
According to him, the team is extremely pleased with the decision of the court in London, which refused Washington’s extradition. “The U.S. attempts to prosecute Julian Assange and get him extradited have been against common sense from the beginning. We hope that the United States will decide not to spin the case further, taking into account the verdict of a British court,” Pollack said.
Reuters reports that the U.S. side plans to appeal. However, January 6, it will be decided whether the founder of WikiLeaks will be released on bail.
Earlier on January 4, it became known that the London Court refused to extradite Assange to the U.S. authorities on charges of violating the law on espionage. The judge cited his possible suicide as the reason.
The U.S. Justice Department filed 17 charges against Assange in May 2019, later adding another. If extradited to the U.S., the WikiLeaks founder faced up to 175 years in prison. Current U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that he is willing to pardon Assange if he names the source from whom he received the texts of emails from the hacked Democratic Party servers in 2016.
In 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden because of rape charges (the case was dropped in 2019), Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. There he stayed continuously for almost seven years.