Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Julian Assange extradition could take "months or years"

Julian Assange extradition could take

Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization, against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of worldwide treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.

Assange was arrested Thursday in London and faces USA charges related to WikiLeaks' publication of tens of thousands of classified government documents.

The underlying indictment states, "in March 2010, Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on U.S. Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a U.S. government network used for classified documents and communications".

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London, after 7 years of political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Valencia also alleged that Assange frequently clashed with embassy staff by accusing them of frequently spying on him for the United States government. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years.

Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Assange in 2017, saying at the time there was no prospect of bringing him to Sweden because of his protected status inside the embassy.

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Assange was claiming asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy as he sought to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation.

A suspected collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday in Ecuador while trying to "travel" to Japan, the South American country's interior minister said.

"Mr. Assange's behavior is that of a narcissist who can not get beyond his own selfish interests", Snow said.

Assange's next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take years. He said Assange has a small child in France.

Assange's attorneys fear that in case of his handover to the U.S., he may face up to 35 years in jail or capital punishment.

If Sweden also makes an extradition request, it would be up to Britain's Home Secretary to determine which would take priority.

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