WikiLeaks: British justice facing Julian Assange's extradition request

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, will try to block the extradition request issued by the United States on him.

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British justice resumes, Monday, September 7, the hearings on the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

The founder of WikiLeaks will try to block the American request, which wants to see him tried in the United States for having violated the laws on espionage by distributing thousands of classified military documents.


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With our correspondent in London,

Muriel Delcroix

Postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic,

Julian Assange's

extradition hearing

to the United States will this time get to the heart of the matter, Monday, September 7, and see the defense team and the government clash. American under the gaze of a British magistrate, Judge Vanessa Baraitser.

The United States accuses the 49-year-old Australian of having conspired with

Chelsea Manning

, a former military analyst for the United States Army, with a view to disclosing from 2010 more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Julian Assange faces up to 175 years in prison for revealing these documents on



Julian Assange, a character who always divides

The computer scientist is being held in Belmarsh high security prison after being

ejected in 2019 from the Ecuadorian embassy

in London where he remained for seven years and conceived two children with one of his lawyers, Stella Morris.

The day promises to be charged with emotions as opinions remain divided on Julian Assange.

His supporters describe him as a champion of freedom of the press and of expression that many states would like to silence, while his detractors see him not as a journalist but as an activist who made the choice, in 2016,

to '' help Donald Trump's presidential campaign

with support from Russia.

► To read also: WikiLeaks: 10 years later, the fate of Julian Assange is more uncertain than ever


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