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posted by janrinok on Monday June 20 2022, @04:27AM   Printer-friendly

Julian Assange's extradition from UK to US approved by home secretary

Priti Patel has approved the extradition of the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US, a decision the organisation immediately said it would appeal against in the high court.

The case passed to the home secretary last month after the supreme court ruled there were no legal questions over assurances given by US authorities over how Assange was likely to be treated.

While Patel has given a green light, WikiLeaks immediately released a statement to say it would appeal against the decision.

"Today is not the end of fight," it said. "It is only the beginning of a new legal battle. We will appeal through the legal system; the next appeal will be before the high court."

Also at NYT.


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  • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Monday June 20 2022, @09:49AM (9 children)

    by Opportunist (5545) on Monday June 20 2022, @09:49AM (#1254560)

    I mean, seriously, what exactly did he do?

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  • (Score: 1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 20 2022, @11:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 20 2022, @11:04AM (#1254568)

    At this point it is not what he did anymore.
    It`s the value he can represent for the USA.

    A scapegoat for other whistle blowers who will think twice before following a moral compass of a country without one.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Monday June 20 2022, @02:24PM (7 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 20 2022, @02:24PM (#1254607) Journal

    Here's the indictment (aka: list of charges) [justice.gov]

    If proven in court, these allegations are the ones I would wager will land him in hot water:

    On or about March 8, 2010, Assange agreed to assist Manning in cracking a
    password stored on United States Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret
    Internet Protocol Network, a United States government network used for classified documents and
    communications, as designated according to Executive Order No. 13526 or its predecessor orders.

    The actual charges:

    (A) to knowingly access a computer, without authorization and exceeding authorized access,
    to obtain information that has been determined by the United States Government pursuant
    to an Executive order and statute to require protection against unauthorized disclosure for
    reasons of national defense and foreign relations, namely, documents relating to the
    national defense classified up to the "Secret" level, with reason to believe that such
    information so obtained could be used to the injury of the United States and the
    advantage of any foreign nation, and to willfully communicate, deliver, transmit, and
    cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same, to any person not entitled
    to receive it, and willfully retain the same and failĀ· to deliver it to the officer or employee
    entitled to receive it; and
    4
    (B) to intentionally access a computer, without authorization and exceeding authorized
    access, to obtain information from a department and agency of the United States in
    furtherance of a criminal act in violation of the laws of the United States, that is, a
    violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 641, 793(c), and 793(e).
    (In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371, 1030(a)(l), 1030(a)(2),
    1030(c)(2)(B)(ii).)

    Pretty simple stuff, honestly....

    • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Monday June 20 2022, @03:30PM (6 children)

      by Opportunist (5545) on Monday June 20 2022, @03:30PM (#1254632)

      So breaking the secrets of other countries' is a reason now to be extradited to that country?

      When are we going to ship our CIA agents over to Iraq and Afghanistan?

      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday June 20 2022, @03:48PM (5 children)

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 20 2022, @03:48PM (#1254641) Journal

        1: Yes, hacking computer systems in the US is a crime and crimes are generally prosecuted in the district in which they occurred.

        2: We do not have extradition treaties with Iraq and Afghanistan so No, the answer is No. Might does make right though, so the opposite direction is no guarantee!

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 20 2022, @04:04PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 20 2022, @04:04PM (#1254650)

          Bzzt wrong

        • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Monday June 20 2022, @05:32PM (3 children)

          by Opportunist (5545) on Monday June 20 2022, @05:32PM (#1254683)

          1. And what if I'm not actually in the US?
          2. I'm kinda glad that the countries I pissed off aren't the US and can't just steamroll over my country, because else I'd have a really, really hard time now.

          • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday June 20 2022, @05:53PM (2 children)

            by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 20 2022, @05:53PM (#1254686) Journal

            1. And what if I'm not actually in the US?

            If you live in a county with an extradition treaty with the US you get extradited.

            • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday June 20 2022, @07:33PM

              by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 20 2022, @07:33PM (#1254711) Journal
              There's more than that (such as the activity being a crime or a legal expectation that the defendant would be tried fairly in accordance with UK standards), but this has been covered by the extradition court case.
            • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Tuesday June 21 2022, @11:00AM

              by Opportunist (5545) on Tuesday June 21 2022, @11:00AM (#1254852)

              So if I had an abortion in my country, where this is legal, I'd be sent to Texas because they wanna?