Daniel Halliday
Apr 13 ยท Last update 3 days ago.
Now that Assange has been removed from the Ecuadorian embassy should he be extradited to the US?
Following nearly 7 years seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Julian Assange was arrested on the 11th April 2019. As the founder of wikileaks.org he is wanted by the US government in connection with a massive internet dump of secret United States documents leaked by Chelsea Manning in 2010, and the US are seeking his extradition. The Swedish authorities previously issued an international arrest warrant in relation to sexual assault allegations also, but Assange maintained that the Swedish charges were a smear campaign and would lead to an extradition to the US; this directly led him to see refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012. Julian Assange was arrested by UK authorities for failing to surrender to court, where, why and how should Assange now be prosecuted?
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Yes, Assange needs to stand trial
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No, any extradition will be a dark day for journalism
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Yes, Assange needs to stand trial

No one is above the law; he may have committed a series of quite serious crimes and should be held accountable for this. He is possibly a criminal who has led to Donald Trump in the White House, helped terrorists internationally, and even possibly committed rape in Sweden, he needs to stand trial, for his criminality to be determined and justice be served. Assange has maintained that his rights and liberty has suffered as a result of the last 7 years, but he could have walked out to face what he is accused of at any time. It is hypocritical that he has claimed that he has suffered due to his conditions while seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy considering the number of lives he continues to risk by leaking such sensitive information.

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No, any extradition will be a dark day for journalism

Assange provided a safe space online for whistle-blowers to leak information for the greater public interest, and has published an abundance of embarrassing documents that implicate various governments and individuals in scandals, corruption and crimes across the globe. This is in fact all his extradition is based, his part in exposing US war crimes, something Chelsea Manning has already been prosecuted for. Likewise this is even what was behind the revoking of Asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy, with the Ecuadorian President also implicated in a corruption scandal really. Any extradition would be an unprecedented case, where someone is prosecuted for publishing leaked documents, something that would be seen as a standard journalistic practice if it involved less damning evidence against a less powerful regime.

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