UK Judge Blocks Extradition of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

judge in the United Kingdom has blocked an extradition request from the U.S. to transport Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to face espionage charges.

U.S. authorities are seeking to charge Assange over his role in obtaining and publishing military and diplomatic documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange has been indicted in the U.S. with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and conspiring to hack into government computers.

“Let’s not forget: the indictment in the U.S. has not been dropped,” Morris said in a statement following the ruling. “We are extremely concerned that the U.S. government has decided to appeal this decision and continues to want to punish Julian and make him disappear into the deepest darkest hole of the U.S. prison system for the rest of his life.”

“Assange was indicted for exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is a classic political offense,” Cohn said, writing for Truthout in February last year. “Moreover, Assange’s extradition would violate the legal prohibition against sending a person to a country where he is in danger of being tortured.”

Truthout UK Judge Blocks Extradition of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange