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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 DeathMonkey on Monday June 20 2022, @03:41PM (5 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 20 2022, @03:41PM (#1254638) Journal

    They had to define a whole new class of enemy soldier to pull off Guantanamo...

    As of now he is just a normal foreigner who committed a crime against a US entity. This is a well established and very common occurrence for countries with extradition treaties.

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  • (Score: 2) by srobert on Monday June 20 2022, @03:52PM (4 children)

    by srobert (4803) on Monday June 20 2022, @03:52PM (#1254642)

    "As of now he is just a normal foreigner who committed a crime against a US entity."

    Exactly! Journalism when committed by foreigners in foreign lands may be deemed a crime, and not protected by the 1st amendment. Although, the warning will extend to Americans that such "acts of journalism" will not be tolerated when committed by them either.

    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday June 20 2022, @04:01PM (3 children)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 20 2022, @04:01PM (#1254648) Journal

      I don't know why it's so hard for people to understand what he's actually being charged with but here it is directly from the indicment:

      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).)

      Maybt it'll stick, maybe it won't, but he is no longer merely being charged with reporting information he was provided.

      • (Score: 2) by srobert on Monday June 20 2022, @06:23PM (2 children)

        by srobert (4803) on Monday June 20 2022, @06:23PM (#1254693)

        Yes, those are ostensibly the "official" charges. But those charges only exist to whitewash the true source of animosity that the MIC has for Assange and the reason behind his prosecution, i.e. for exposing the actions and the attitude of American military personnel while they were killing innocent civilians.

        • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday June 20 2022, @06:39PM (1 child)

          by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 20 2022, @06:39PM (#1254700) Journal

          It is possible to expose government misdeeds and also commit a crime.

          You don't get to say "I'm just a journalist" when you are personally doing the hacking.

          It is now up to the DOJ to convince a jury that he personally did the hacking. No shadowy conspiracies required....

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 20 2022, @11:33PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 20 2022, @11:33PM (#1254783)

            a jury of Windows, ipad and Facebook users...