Julian #Assange Vows To Fight #Extradition To The #UnitedStates

(NPR) — Julian Assange has vowed to fight extradition to the U.S., reportedly telling a London court: “I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people.”.

The WikiLeaks founder said he did not wish to surrender himself “for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people.” The extradition case could take many months, the judge said.

At a court in London, Judge Michael Snow told Assange Thursday that he could consent to being extradited to the United States, as his supporters gathered inside and outside the courtroom, chanting and holding signs demanding his freedom.

“I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people,” Assange told the court from prison through a video link, according to media reports.

The founder of WikiLeaks was arrested in April. The Ecuadorian Embassy in London essentially evicted the 47-year-old after giving him nearly seven years of refuge. Assange was seen being pulled out of the embassy doors and into a police vehicle. And so began a new era for the controversial figure.

The U.S. government swiftly charged Assange with conspiring to hack a Pentagon computer by helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning crack a password.

Source: NPR, full story

 

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