The US government has given the United Kingdom a number of guarantees regarding the possible extradition of Julian Assange. The country hopes that the WikiLeaks founder may be extradited for allegedly publishing military secret documents on his whistleblower website.
For example, fifty-year-old Assange will not be detained in a high-security prison in the United States. He is also allowed to serve his time in his home country Australia after a possible conviction, reports The Wall Street Journal based on the Public Prosecutor’s office in England.
Assange is being held in a prison in London pending his extradition case. In the United States, he faces a prison sentence of 175 years.
In January, a judge in London ruled that Assange should not be extradited, because it was feared that Assange would take his life because of the strict prison regime in the US. The Americans want to challenge that judgment on appeal and hope that these guarantees will meet the court’s objections. It is not known when the next extradition hearing is scheduled.
On Wednesday, Assange’s fiancée, Stella Moris, called on the American government of President Joe Biden to dismiss the case.