Russian diplomat slams Assange’s prosecution as USA political elite’s revenge

04/13/2019 03:00 | 49

Russian diplomat slams Assange’s prosecution as USA political elite’s revenge

James also pointed out that Assange had skipped bail before being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges, acknowledging that the situation was complicated.

"It's called conspiracy", added WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson.

But Abbott quickly came under fire for her comments suggesting that there could be "human rights grounds" for keeping Assange in the UK.

However, critics argue the charge is part of a ploy by the Trump administration to punish Assange for publishing classified information about the USA wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-provided by Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who remains jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury-and that extraditing Assange "would set a unsafe precedent for journalists everywhere".

As Assange settled in to his first night in British custody, his allies and enemies alike are gearing up for what promises to be a long, dogged legal slog, not only over his possible extradition to the USA but over how courts should view his actions.

Ms Lette's also revealed Assange could be hard and at times they got into arguments.

However, legal experts have said the Government has very limited powers to block extradition even if there is the political will to do so.

The Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed it saying "This goes to show that in the United Kingdom, no-one is above the law".

First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams told CNN's Brian Stelter, "It seems to me that the government has used significant restraint in making only this single rather unique charge against Assange and the ultimate impact on the press may thus be limited". He was then released on bail. It's an issue that transcends the actions of one man, whatever your opinion of him.

Minister Maria Paula Romo also said Ola Bini, arrested Thursday at Quito's airport preparing to board a flight to Japan with at least 30 digital storage device, traveled to Venezuela this year at the same time as former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's foreign minister.

The Ecuadorian government had historically been sympathetic to Assange's cause, but a regime change two years ago heralded a less supportive approach.

Sweden issued an worldwide arrest warrant for Assange over allegations of sexual assault in 2010.

"Just so it's clear, whatever his sins, Assange did not steal documents from the United States government". I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. "I thought it was disgraceful the Ecuadorians would go back on their word".

In rare cases where US law would allow the death penalty, such as first-degree murder or terrorism, USA officials typically facilitate extradition by providing assurances to Britain that capital punishment would not be sough, Keith added.

Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012.

Swedish prosecutors opened an investigation into Assange after two women accused him of sexual offenses during a 2010 visit to Sweden.

Julian Assange's arrest is big news.

In November of that year, Sweden issued an worldwide arrest warrant for the UK-based Assange on allegations of sexual assault and rape. Persson said the case would be reviewed, but that no investigation has resumed and no timetable set.


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