WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wins bid to appeal against his U.S. extradition

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice as the High Court is set to deliver a ruling whether Assange can appeal against the US’s extradition order in London, United Kingdom on May 20, 2024. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, could face a sentence of 175 years in prison on charges under the US Espionage Act for soliciting, gathering and publishing secret US military documents. ( Wiktor Szymanowicz - Anadolu Agency )

“Drop this shameful case.”

Julian Assange’s wife, Stella, urges the United States to drop its extradition claim against her husband. She was speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London after Assange won a legal bid to appeal against his extradition to the U.S. on espionage charges. The WikiLeaks co-founder has been facing 17 espionage charges on which he may receive up to 175 years in prison. Assange, who has been detained in a UK prison since 2019, faces extradition over allegations of leaking classified military documents in 2010-2011 which exposed U.S. war crimes.

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