The US authorities has formally submitted an extradition request to the UK for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange , a Justice Division official mentioned Tuesday.
Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing categorised data and of conspiring with former Military non-public Chelsea Manning to crack a Protection Division pc password. That indictment, which incorporates Espionage Act expenses, was issued by the Justice Division final month and is pending in federal court docket in Alexandria, Virginia.
The extradition request had been anticipated ever since U.S. authorities first introduced a legal case in opposition to Assange. Justice Division spokesman Marc Raimondi mentioned it was submitted to the UK.
The 47-year-old Assange was evicted on April 11 from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the place he had been holed up since 2012 after Ecuador granted him political asylum. He was arrested by British police and is at present serving a 50-week sentence for leaping bail. Sweden additionally seeks him for questioning about an alleged rape, which Assange has denied.
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Assange was initially charged with a single pc crime violation on allegations that he labored with Manning to crack a authorities password. Some authorized specialists have mentioned the extra Espionage Act expenses may gradual or complicate the extradition course of to the extent the UK views them as political offenses and due to this fact exempt from extradition.
Manning, who spent seven years in a navy jail for delivering a trove of categorised data to Assange earlier than having her sentence commuted by then-President Barack Obama, has been jailed for civil contempt in Virginia after refusing to testify earlier than a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.