UK Court puts Assange extradition on hold as trust in US justice reaches a new low

This featured article is from Salon and gives you an update on the moral and legal mess the corrupt US regime is in over its vicious treatment of Julian Assange, whose “crime”, so far as I can tell, was to publish the truth about them.
The viciousness of course is intended as a deterrent in case any other journalists get any funny ideas because we can’t have people publishing the truth whenever they feel like it because if that sort of thing were allowed to happen the aforesaid regime is toast.

U.K. court puts Julian Assange extradition on hold until U.S. provides assurances

Court requires US “assurances” that WikiLeaks publisher’s rights will be protected and he won’t face death penalty

If the U.S. does not provide the requested assurances, Assange will be allowed to pursue a limited appeal of his extradition. Should the U.S. submit assurances by the April 16 deadline, a hearing will be held on May 20 to determine whether they are “satisfactory.”Assange, whose health has deteriorated badly during his five years in a high-security London jail, faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and a possible 175-year prison sentence in the U.S. for publishing classified information—a common journalistic practice. WikiLeaks disclosures exposed grave U.S. and U.K. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Press freedom and human rights groups say the extradition of Assange to the U.S. would set a dangerous precedent and pose a dire threat to journalism everywhere.

Trevor Timm, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, said in a statement Tuesday that “we are glad Julian Assange is not getting extradited today.”

“But this legal battle is far from over, and the threat to journalists and the news media from the Espionage Act charges against Assange remains,” said Timm. “Assange’s conviction in American courts would create a dangerous precedent that the U.S. government can and will use against reporters of all stripes who expose its wrongdoing or embarrass it. The Biden administration should take the opportunity to drop this dangerous case once and for all.”

The U.S., which has been aggressively pursuing Assange’s extradition for years, previously provided the U.K. government with assurances that Assange would not be held at a supermax prison that’s notorious for its inhumane treatment of inmates.

Human rights groups have said such assurances from the U.S. government are “inherently unreliable” and should not be taken seriously by British authorities.

Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said in response to Tuesday’s ruling that “prosecuting Assange for the publication of classified information would have profound implications for press freedom, because publishing classified information is what journalists and news organizations often need to do in order to expose wrongdoing by government.”

“It’s long past time for the U.S. Justice Department to abandon the Espionage Act charges and resolve this case,” said Jaffer.



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