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World News March 26, 2024

Julian Assange appeal ruling to be given by London High Court on Tuesday

The London High Court is set to announce its decision on Tuesday regarding whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal against extradition to the United States, potentially marking his final legal challenge in British courts. U.S. prosecutors seek to try Assange for releasing confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables, arguing that his actions endangered lives. Assange’s supporters view him as a journalism hero exposing U.S. misconduct. If Assange’s appeal is granted, a full hearing will follow; otherwise, his last recourse would be an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Assange’s legal battles began in 2010, and he has been in a maximum-security London jail since 2019. His defense claims political motivation behind the prosecution, alleging former President Donald Trump’s involvement. U.S. lawyers argue Assange aided in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified information, endangering sources. WikiLeaks gained prominence in 2010 with the release of a video depicting a Baghdad attack. Recent reports indicate no imminent resolution to the case.

Source – CGTN

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