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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 loonycyborg on Monday June 20 2022, @04:49PM (1 child)

    by loonycyborg (6905) on Monday June 20 2022, @04:49PM (#1254661)

    His charge isn't just general Espionage but rather violation of Espionage Act of 1917, which also covers things like foreign propaganda. Also it's criticized as overbroad and suppressive in nature. I'm not sure why there wasn't made an argument of its in-applicability on UK soil in those appeals. An act not being not a crime in the country that is supposed to perform the extradition is sufficient to deny the extradition. If such an argument isn't made then US in future could just extradite UK intelligence operatives if they gather data on US as part of their job.

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  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday June 20 2022, @05:39PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 20 2022, @05:39PM (#1254684) Journal

    The actual charges listed in the indictment is 18 U.S.C. §§ 371,1030( a )(1 ), 1030( a )(2),) 1030( C )(2)(B)(ii))

    So 371 is this:
    18 U.S. Code § 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States [cornell.edu]

    1030 is commonly known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
    18 U.S. Code § 1030 - Fraud and related activity in connection with computers [cornell.edu]

    371 is specific to committing a crime against the government and 1030 is just the normal hacking laws we're all subject to. They may be flawed but everyone is acting like these are some super secret laws he's being subject to but they're just the normal shitty ones we all get to deal with.