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UK Court Allows Assange’s Extradition To US For Spying Case

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FILE - Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. A British appellate court has opened the door for Julian Assange to be extradited to the U.S., overturning a lower court ruling that found his mental health was too fragile to withstand the American criminal justice system. A lower court judge earlier this year refused an American request to extradite Assange to the U.S. to face spying charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret military documents a decade ago. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

(AP) — A British appellate court has opened the door for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States. The High Court in London overturned a lower court that found Assange’s mental health was too fragile to withstand the American penal system. A judge earlier this year refused a U.S. request to extradite Assange to face spying charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret military documents a decade ago. The judge said Assange was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions. The appellate court ruled Friday that U.S. assurances were enough to guarantee Assange would be treated humanely. Assange’s fiancé says the decision will be appealed.

 

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