USA extradition request for Julian Assange to be heard on Thursday

Elias Hubbard
May 1, 2019

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison on Wednesday for jumping bail in Great Britain in 2012. He has denied the allegation.

After six years holed up inside the embassy, Assange was arrested and dragged out to a waiting police van on April 11.

He claimed he was seeking political asylum because Sweden's worldwide arrest warrant would see him eventually extradited to the United States.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said the country had withdrawn its offer of asylum and accused Assange of harassing embassy staff.

"On Thursday at 10AM there will be a hearing in Westminster Magistrate Court on the U.S. extradition request", it said.

Julian Assange is set to be sentenced today over allegedly breaching bail in the UK.

At the hearing on April 11 District Judge Michael Snow remanded Assange in custody and branded him a "narcissist who can not get beyond his own selfish interests".

He faces a separate court hearing Thursday on a US extradition request. American authorities have charged Assange with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system.

In 2010, WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of United States military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and USA diplomatic communications.

She said Assange's seven years in the embassy had cost British taxpayers 16 million pounds ($21 million), and said he sought asylum as a "deliberate attempt to delay justice".

Assange's lawyer said Manning, who is transgender, had been subjected to sleep deprivation and forced to parade naked in front of military personnel.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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