Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States to face charges over the release of secret military documents because of his serious mental health problems, a British judge has ruled.
The WikiLeaks founder is charged in the U.S. with a list of 18 federal crimes, including conspiring to obtain and release hundreds of thousands of pages of government documents. His lawyers have warned that he faces up to 175 years in jail if convicted, but the U.S. government said that the sentence would probably be between four and six years.
Ahead of the ruling, Stella Moris, who has two kids with Assange, said his extradition would be an “unthinkable travesty” and undermine press freedom in Britain. “It would rewrite the rules of what it is permissible to publish here,” she wrote in the Mail on Sunday. “He risks being buried in the deepest, darkest corner of the U.S. prison system for the rest of his life. Julian embarrassed Washington and this is their revenge.”
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