The United Kingdom on Friday approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States for him to face charges for allegedly leaking classified documents.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition. However, Assange can challenge the decisions of both the home secretary and the district court that approved his extradition, the Home Office said in a statement.
Assange can appeal against the decision within 14 days, a spokesperson said. WikiLeaks has said it would file an appeal, reported the Associated Press.
NEW: Following consideration by both the Magistrates Court and High Court, the extradition of Julian Assange has been ordered.
— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) June 17, 2022
Assange faces 18 charges in the US in connection with releasing five lakh secret files on American military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. The files were made public between 2010 and 2011. Assange is also accused of soliciting and publishing such information.
In April 2021, a British court had held that the 50-year-old could not be extradited to the US, as doing so would be “oppressive by reason of mental harm”.
However, in March, the country’s Supreme Court had ruled that there were no legal questions in connection with assurances given by the US about how he would be treated, according to The Guardian.
His extradition was formally approved in April by…