The British judiciary has set January 4, 2021, to decide on the decision to hand over the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, to the United States, which wants to prosecute him for publishing hundreds of thousands of confidential documents.
Judge Vanessa Barritzer said, after nearly four weeks of hearings at the “Old Bailey” criminal court in London, that the founder of WikiLeaks will remain in prison, pending the expected decision after the US presidential elections on November 3.
For her part, Stella Morris, Assange’s attorney, who became his partner, said, “There is no evidence that a single person has suffered physically because of these posts.”
Assange, 49, is being prosecuted by the US judiciary on charges of espionage, in particular, and because of his publication as of 2010, more than 700,000 classified documents related to US military and diplomatic activities, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If found guilty, the founder of WikiLeaks could be imprisoned for 175 years.
The United States accuses Assange of endangering US intelligence sources, but Assange’s lawyers, on their part, denounce a “political” process based on “lies.”
It is up to the British judiciary to decide whether the American request to extradite Assange respects a number of legal criteria, especially in terms of determining whether it is inconsistent or incompatible with human rights.
Assange was arrested in April 2019 after spending 7 years behind the walls of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he sought refuge after his conditional release for fear of being deported to the United States.
Assange is currently in the high-security Belmarsh prison in London, and he has denounced the conditions of his detention, the United Nations rapporteur on torture.