British Official Signs Extradition Request for Julian Assange

The Biritsh home secretary signed an exradition request from the U.S. for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, setting the stage for a possible legal battle.

British home secretary Sajid Javid signs an extradition request from the U.S. for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Javid announced he had signed the request during an interview Thursday saying, “It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve got a legitimate extradition request.”

The home secretary touted the situation saying, ” I am very pleased the police were able to apprehend him and now he is rightly behind bars because he broke U.K. law.”

The Wikileaks founder is currently serving a sentence of nearly one year behind bars in the United Kingdom for skipping bail.

If Assange is extradited to the U.S. he will face conspiracy charges in connection with the Espionage Act over his involvement in stolen classified materials.

The computer hacking conspiracy charges are related to his alleged interaction with former military analyst Chelsea Manning over the transmission and release of classified material.

According to a press release, Manning downloaded classified material during her time served in the army, and sent it to Assange for release.

Manning spend seven years behind bars out of her 35-year sentence before President Obama granted her clemency, ultimately leading to her release.

Javid’s signature comes just two months after Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy, where he held asylum status for years.  

The extradition request is expected to be addressed before a judge on Friday.

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