The US Department of Justice forwarded Britain’s official request for the release of Julian Assange – he was informed of The Washington Post’s American newspaper.
Referring to anonymous ministry officials, the newspaper writes on Tuesday’s website that the extradition request was forwarded to London last Thursday, making it unlikely that the US authorities will be accusing another of the WikiLeaks leaking portal founder.
According to the American-British extradition treaty, the extradition request must be sent to London within sixty days after Assange’s arrest. Assange was arrested on April 11 at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Under the terms of the Convention, the United States may not accuse Assange of offenses not included in the extradition request unless committed after extradition.
The Ministry of Justice has not yet confirmed the information on this page.
Julian Assange lived in London for seven years at the Embassy of Ecuador, where he escaped from the British judiciary in order not to be extradited to Sweden for alleged rape. In fact, Assange did not really take charge of the Swedish accusations, but rather that he was extradited to the United States, where he was accused of crimes of much more serious punishment than sexual abuse, and the unlawful acquisition of secret data by the others, and of the state. Assange was arrested by the British authorities on 11 April, when Ecuador finally sheltered him and was sentenced to 50 weeks’ imprisonment for not appearing in court.
Washington has accused the founder of the WikiLeaks portal of one of the biggest computer attacks in US history, stealing and leaking hundreds of thousands of encrypted information from the US government computer system in 2010, including documents related to the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
At the end of May, the Ministry of Justice reported seventeen new charges against Assange. According to these, the name of the secret sources was disclosed in an unlawful manner, and Chelsea (born Bradley) Manning, a former US intelligence analyst, joined to obtain confidential information. The WikiLeaks founder not only helped and encouraged Manning to steal confidential material, but also put life-threatened informants – Afghans, Iraqis, journalists, religious leaders, lawyers, dissidents of suppressive regimes – in revealing their identity.
Assange can count on decades of imprisonment if he is convicted.