On the eve of the announcement on whether the WikiLeaks founder should be sent to the United States for trial, Stella Moris speaks out.
On the eve of the judge’s ruling, Julian Assange’s partner said that a decision to extradite the WikiLeaks co-founder to the United States will be “politically and legally disastrous for the UK. ” Assange, 49, faces an 18-count indictment accusing him of conspiracy to hack computers and conspiracy to access and reveal national defense information, in a case some have called a dangerous assault. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will announce her decision at the Old Bailey on Monday on whether he should be extradited to the United States, where his attorneys argue that if convicted, he faces up to 175 years in prison. Stella Moris, who has two children with Assange, said a decision to allow extradition would not only be a “unthinkable travesty” for her husband, but would also hurt beloved British freedoms. TimelineJulian Assange Extradition DisputeShowJune 2010 – October 2010 WikiLeaks publishes some 470,000 classified military documents on U.S. diplomacy and the wars in Afghanistan.
More than 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables were later released. November 2010A Swedish prosecutor issues Assange’s European arrest warrant on allegations of sexually assaulting two Swedish women.
Assange denies the accusations. December 2010 In London, he hands himself in to the police and is taken into custody. He was eventually released on bail and called a smear campaign for the Swedish charges. February 2011 A British judge rules that Assange could be extradited to Sweden.
Assange believes he will be extradited to U.S. authorities by Sweden, who may prosecute him. June 2012 He is seeking asylum in London at the Ecuadorian Embassy. November 2016 In a two-day interview about the allegations at the Ecuadorian embassy, Assange is challenged by Swedish authorities. January 2017 WikiLeaks says Assange will fly to the United States to face an investigation if his rights are “guaranteed.”
It comes after clemency is given to Chelsea Manning, one of the key sources of leaked documents on the internet. May 2017 Swedish prosecutors say they have ended their seven-year sexual harassment investigation into Assange.
British police warn that if he leaves the embassy, they will still detain him because he violated the terms of his bail in 2012. January 2018 Britain refuses Ecuador’s offer to grant diplomatic status to Assange, which would allow him to leave the embassy without arrest. March 2018 Ecuador cuts off Assange’s internet connection, saying he broke an arrangement to intervene with other countries’ affairs. November 2018 U.S. authorities inadvertently announce the presence of a sealed indictment against Assange. 2 April 2019 Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno claims Assange has “repeatedly violated the terms of his asylum at the embassy. ” The U.S. charges him of “conspiracy to hack into computers for agreeing to crack a password for a secret U.S. government computer. “May 1, 2019 In the U.K., he is jailed. For 50 weeks for breaching his 2012 bail terms.
In court, a letter of apology from Assange is read, but the judge rules that he made a “deliberate attempt to evade justice.” U.S. extradition proceedings are officially started the next day. May 13, 2019 Swedish authorities announce that they are reopening an investigation into an accusation of rape against Julian Assange. June 13, 2019 Home Secretary Sajid Javid reveals that he has signed Assange’s U.S. extradition order, paving the way for a court hearing. February 24, 2020 At Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London, Assange’s extradition hearing begins.
Following a week of opening arguments, the case for extradition would be
Until Can, to be adjourned. The coronavirus outbreak is causing further delays. September 15, 2020 A four-week outbreak