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Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder faces extradition to the US

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After WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in Hans Place London and arrested, he was further arrested on behalf of the US authorities.

Assange has been accused by the US for assisting Chelsea Manning, a former US intelligence analyst in breaking pentagon password to infiltrate secret files.

Assange will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court, via video link on 2 May for the extradition hearing.

A spokesman said, “This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assange’s lawyer said, “The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning @xychelsea in early 2010.”

Scotland Yard said Assange was being held for failing to appear in court in June 2012 and he was “further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10.53am after his arrival at a central London police station.”

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter, “no-one is above the law.”




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