WikiLeaks Founder Gets Good News

( – In the middlе of his drawn-out legal process, a London court ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can contest his extradition to the United States, where he faces espionage charges.

Assange faces 17 espionagе charges and one charge of computer misuse for publishing classified U.S. documents on his websitе nearly 15 years ago.

In their ruling, High Court judges Victoria Sharp and Jeremy Johnson acknowledged that Assange has legitimate reasons to challenge the UK government’s extradition order.

For the past five years, Assange has been in a British high-security prison after a seven-year asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

During the court proceedings, Assange’s legal team argued that the assurances from the U.S. regarding his rights and press freedoms were “blatantly inadequate.”

Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald stressed there were not enough guarantees that Assange would benefit from First Amendment protections, stating, “The real issue is whether an adequate assurance has been provided to remove the real risk identified by the court. It is submitted that no adequate assurance has been made.”

The hearings could conclude with Assange being extradited to the U.S. or potentially opening another opportunity for him to appeal the decision.

Assange was indicted for his role in acquiring and spreading a large volume of classified documents, which U.S. authorities say involved aiding former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in leaking diplomatic cables and military files.

His legal representatives argue that he was acting as a journalist exposing U.S. military misdeeds in Iraq and Afghanistan. They believe extraditing him could lead to a politically charged trial and a severe miscarriage of justice.

The U.S. counters by asserting that Assange’s actions surpass normal journalistic activities and described them as an effort to ask for and leak classified information.

James Lewis, representing the U.S., argued that Assange’s activities do not qualify for First Amendment protection, stating, “No one, neither U.S. citizens nor foreign citizens, are entitled to rely on the First Amendment in relation to publication of illegally obtained national defense information giving the names of innocent sources, to their grave and imminent risk of harm.”

Recently, discussions about dropping the charges against Assange have surfaced, with Joe Biden considering a plea from Australia to allow Assange to return to his homeland.

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