Julian Assange: US begins High Court bid to overturn ban on extraditing WikiLeaks founder

Lawyers argue the district judge in the earlier case made a mistake and that Assange should finally be handed over to American authorities.

Wednesday 27 October 2021 13:07, UK

The US has asked the High Court to overturn the decision that blocked Julian Assange’s extradition on spying charges.

In January, a judge said the WikiLeaks founder should not be handed over as he might kill himself in a US prison.

US authorities have now said Assange could serve any jail term in his home country of Australia.

James Lewis QC, a lawyer for the US government, said on Wednesday that the judge in the earlier case, Vanessa Baraitser, had made an error.

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