Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

After being arrested, Wikileaks founder threatened to be extradited to US


Julian AssangeJulian Assange - WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, threatened to be extradited to the United States and sentenced to five years in prison. He was arrested by British police at the Ecuador Embassy in London on Thursday, April 11th 2019 yesterday. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Assange, who is a citizen, would receive consular assistance on Friday, April 12th 2019. However, he will not be given special treatment.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said officials had been told that Britain did not agree with extradition if he is facing a death sentence. "Australia is really opposing the death penalty. That is the position of all parties. The extradition problem is only a matter of the United States and Britain" Payne said as reported by The Guardian.

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After 2,487 days in hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy, ??Assange was arrested after the country's government revoked its political asylum and let the police to detain him. The 47-year-old man requested asylum and settled there since 2012, to avoid extradition to Sweden due to allegations of sexual abuse that have always been denied by him.

According to some friends and followers, Assange hid in the Ecuador embassy for fear of being arrested and extradited to the United States. In December, Ecuador gave citizenship to Assange and tried to put his name on the list of members of the country's diplomatic mission in Britain and Russia.


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