Wikileaks founder’s forced extraction from Ecuadorian embassy linked to US prosecution plan
The government has confirmed that its arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange this morning is in connection with a US extradition request. Assange has always insisted that he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy because the US wanted to try him in relation to US information released by Wikileaks.
There have also been reports that the US was leaning on the Ecuadorian government to withdraw Assange’s asylum – which it has now done even though it has a legal duty under its own laws to protect Assange, who has Ecuadorian citizenship, from extradition.
The move was widely condemned this morning, with renowned journalist John Pilger damning the move as a ‘warning to all journalists‘.
If extradited, Assange would almost certainly face detention for life in a US ‘supermax’ facility. There is little expectation of a fair hearing.
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