A British court issued a formal order on Wednesday authorizing the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States.
London, UK | Assange is expected to stand trial for espionage due to the publication of hundreds of thousands of secret documents from 2010 onwards.
According to the Associated Press, the court order, approved by a Westminster court judge, will now be sent to Home Secretary Priti Patel, who will have the final word on the decision.
Assange’s defense now has four weeks to make an appeal to the British minister and can still appeal to the High Court in London.
The US justice wants to prosecute the Australian for having released, since 2010, more than 700,000 confidential documents about US military and diplomatic activities, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.
US prosecutors indicted Assange on 17 counts of espionage and one charge of computer misuse due to the publication through the WikiLeaks portal of the classified documents.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.
Assange, 50, is currently being held at Belmarsh maximum security prison in London.
Previously, the WikiLeaks founder was a refugee for seven years at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, from 2012 until April 2019, when the Ecuadorian authorities decided to withdraw the granted asylum right and the British authorities detained him.
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