July 6, 2022

The United Kingdom has approved the deportation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walks out of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.

Henry Nichols | Reuters

The UK has approved the deportation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he is wanted for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military documents and diplomatic cables.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the deportation following a series of failed legal battles in UK courts. However, many appeals remain open to Assange, who has 14 days to appeal the decision.

Assange is wanted by U.S. authorities in 18 cases, including WikiLeaks’ 2010 leak of US military records and spying for diplomatic cables.

“On June 17, following a review by both the Magistrates’ Court and the High Court, Mr Julian Assange was ordered deported to the United States. Mr Assange has the normal 14-day right to appeal,” a UK Home Office spokesman said.

“In this case, the UK courts have not ruled that Mr Assange’s deportation was an act of repression, injustice or misuse of the process.

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