Assange Refuses Extradition to the US With A Firm NO
With a firm “no”, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has refused to surrender to the United States voluntarily.
He told a court in London on Monday at the start of the first day of a court hearing about his possible extradition.
The US is prosecuting the Australian for publishing confidential material about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq via its ‘whistleblower website’. He can receive up to 175 years in prison for this.
Assange appeared in court clean-shaven and in a suit, in sharp contrast to his feral appearance when he was arrested last April at the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been granted asylum for over six years.
He was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for violating the conditions for his release in 2012.
His supporters see Assange as a champion of the free world that has exposed American abuse of power. According to US law enforcement, his publications endangered the lives of security sources.
The extradition case is expected to last three or four weeks.