Julian Assange could finally travel to America to be tried. The British high court has just made possible the extradition of Assange to the United States.
It all started in 2010, when the world press relayed information from the WikiLeaks site, created by Julian Assange. This Australian journalist had just revealed the war crimes of the United States, especially during the invasion of Iraq a few years earlier. While the world rose up in front of such images, the Australian journalist became the target of the government in Washington, which accuses him of having obtained this information illegally.
After more than a decade of legal battles and on the run in all directions, Julian Assange is now in custody in the United Kingdom. While the United States has been asking for his extradition for years, the vagueness of the conditions of his detention has always blocked negotiations with London, which made the decision in January of this year to refuse the American request. But now, in this file which has been in the news for a decade, changes happen all the time, and the English high court has just overturned the first court decision, granting the United States an extradition to their soil from the launcher alert.
A “serious miscarriage of justice” according to his companion Stella Morris who fears that Julian Assange will be tortured, if not killed, once he arrives in Uncle Sam’s country. Fears which are founded, the CIA had indeed, under the Trump administration, decided to carry out a major kidnapping attempt on Julian Assange and finally execute him in stride. If this plan never worked, it shows that the American justice could be biased as regards the conditions of detention of Assange, he who faces up to 175 years in prison. Morris has announced that Camp Assange will appeal the court ruling as soon as possible.
An endless legal battle?
Under the yoke of 18 charges, including 17 for espionage, Assange tries by all means not to be extradited. For many years, he enjoyed the protection of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. The latter is deeply anti-American and offers the nationality of the country to Assange, as well as the right of asylum within the country’s embassy in London. But when Correa left office in April 2019, Julian Assange’s case resurfaced. New President Lenin Moreno decides to hand Assange back to authorities, and London police arrest him in the heart of the embassy.
Since then, the two camps have been in an unprecedented legal battle. Assange tries to defend his rights as much as possible, while on the other side, American justice demands that Assange be returned to him, so that he can be tried on American soil. In order to make extradition possible, the United States has given numerous guarantees on a certain “quality of life” in detention in relation to the Julian Assange case, promises which have motivated the British decision, it remains to be seen whether these will be held.