Britain promises not to extradite Julian Assange

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2018

"The suggestion that as long as the death penalty is off the table, Mr. Assange need not fear persecution is obviously wrong", Barry Pollack told The Telegraph. Mr Assange fears being charged by the United States for his part in leaking sensitive government information.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday that "the way has been cleared" for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the country's embassy in London.

Ecuador's president has ramped up pressure on Julian Assange to leave his country's embassy in London, saying that Britain had provided sufficient guarantees that the WikiLeaks founder won't be extradited to face the death penalty overseas.

Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said in a radio interview Thursday Dec. 6 2018 Britain has provided suffic

The 251,000 classified cables from U.S. embassies around the world - released by WikiLeaks in 2010 and published by leading worldwide newspapers - embarrassed the Bush administration in Washington and caused ructions in its bilateral relations with other countries.

Moreno didn't say he would force Assange out, but said the activist's legal team is considering its next steps.

Last month, an inadvertent court filing in a case unrelated to Assange revealed that he has been charged in secret.

Assange entered the embassy after two years of battling an extradition to Sweden to be questioned by prosecutors, who were considering whether charges should be brought against Assange for sexual assault.

WikiLeaks' role in releasing emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee in 2016 has also been under scrutiny as special counsel Robert Mueller has investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the campaign of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was involved.

For his part, Assange contends that the United Kingdom will extradite him to the US. "We will protect Assange's rights".

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012, when he was granted asylum while facing allegations of sex crimes in Sweden that he said were a guise to extradite him to the U.S. The Justice Department prepared an indictment against the WikiLeaks founder in which prosecutors inadvertently mentioned charges against him.

Ecuador has been looking to evict Assange from its London embassy for several months amid souring relations.

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