Labour Party says United Kingdom should oppose extradition of Julian Assange to US

Labour Party says United Kingdom should oppose extradition of Julian Assange to US

Assange instead faces up to five years in jail on a federal charge of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified United States government computer", the Justice Department said.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee whistleblower who stole and later released highly classified material concerning the National Security Agency in 2013, and is now living in exile in Russian Federation to escape US authorities, released a series of Tweets sympathetic to Assange. "We also do not know why he is under arrest", said Sweden's Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren.


But the sudden expulsion of Assange from the Ecuadoran Embassy may allow the most serious Swedish charge against him - that of rape - to be reopened.

On Thursday, Ecuador terminated political asylum of Assange, who had spent almost seven years in the Latin American country's embassy in London.


Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno made the decision to revoke the Australian journalist's political asylum, which he'd enjoyed since June 2012, when he sought refuge in the embassy after skipping bail. By the end of Thursday, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson had been appointed to the case.

Whatever happens, we have a duty to ensure our concern that Assange is not extradited to the USA can not be interpreted as tacit support for his decision to evade Swedish investigations. It took three years for the court to hear the extradition case, and when it did, Love presented an argument that a long sentence of imprisonment in the United States, combined with his Asperger's syndrome, would significantly harm him. The statute of limitations on three of the charges against him ran out as a direct result of his refusal to leave the Ecuadorian embassy. "If he, at a later date, makes himself available, I will be able to decide to resume the investigation immediately", she said. Independent Group MP and former Tory Anna Soubry slammed Abbott for defending Assange, who has previously faced rape and sexual assault allegations. She told CNN yesterday that Assange had successfully "informed the American people about actions that were taking place that they should be aware of" and that his prosecution by US law enforcement is "some form of retaliation". "Assange has never been charged with any of that and wasn't on Thursday, no matter what they tell you", said Carlson. "And that court has final say in whether or not he will be extradited". A judge will determine his punishment at a later date.


Let's put aside Assange for a moment-because when laws are written or precedents set based only on whether Bad People are bad, we all lose. But with the Swedish case back in play, they may yet be fighting on two fronts.

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