Julian Assange, Australian computer programmer and a founder of WikiLeaks, international non-profit organization publishing news leaks, has been accused of violating the US Espionage Act, hacking, spying and publishing diplomatic files in 2010.
Assange is currently serving a 50-weeks term in Britain for violating his bail conditions by seeking asylum and staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he spent almost seven years.
As Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US request for Assange to be extradited, Westminster Magistrates Court set a date of a full extradition hearing, 25th February, 2020.
At the hearing held on Friday the US Representative said that Assange’s case is “related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States.” Although Assange claimed that he had received the leaked documents form an unknown source and should be protected under press freedom legislation, if found guilty he will face up to 175 years in prison.
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