Julian Assange could be extradited to US in WEEKS to face espionage charges as Home Office wins bid


JULIAN Assange faces extradition to the Unites States within weeks after Priti Patel today won a court bid.

Judges this morning gave the green-light for the Home Secretary to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to finally face espionage charges.

Julian Assange faces extradition

Mr Assange has two weeks to appeal the extradition order and his legal team is expected to challenge the ruling.

The Australian is being held at Belmarsh prison in London after mounting a lengthy battle to avoid being sent to the US.

He is wanted by the Americans over leaking sensitive documents in 2010 and 2011.

Ms Patel signed the extradition order this morning after judges from the High Court and Magistrates court said it would not risk Mr Assange’s safety.”

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A Home Office spokesperson said: “In this case, the UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange.

“Nor have they found that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression, and that whilst in the US he will be treated appropriately, including in relation to his health.”

WikiLeaks called it a “dark day” for press freedom and British democracy.

His wife Stella added: “Julian did nothing wrong. He has committed no crime and is not a criminal.

“He is a journalist and a publisher, and he is being punished for doing his job.”