Julian Assange Will Be Immediately Handed Over To UK
Glenn Greenwald reported that the president of Ecuador is about to, if not already, has finalized an agreement handing over Assange to the UK officials. The ejection of Assange from the embassy can be in the coming weeks. Greenwald suggested that “it appears highly likely that Assange will continue to be imprisoned by British authorities… The only known criminal proceeding Assange currently faces is a pending 2012 arrest warrant for “failure to surrender””
The charge has a prison time of 3 months, which may be count as being served if the officials decide to do so. As in 2010 Assange was imprisoned for 10 days and spent 550 days under house arrest. It is although argued that, officials might argue that “failure to surrender” was so malicious that the above sentenced in fact were not served and thus further two years of sentence may be required.
When in office Barack Obama wanted to prosecute Assange for publishing classified information but at the same would have to prosecute media outlets who also published the documents. Would the Trump administration do any different?
“Assange would, of course, resist any such extradition on the ground that publishing documents is not a cognizable crime and that the U.S is seeking his extradition for political charges that, by treaty, cannot serve as the basis for extradition. But it would take at least a year, and probably closer to three years, for U.K. courts to decide these extradition questions… Assange will end up having spent a decade in prison despite never having been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime. He has essentially been punished – imprisoned – by process.” – Greenwald continued.
What are your thoughts on the legal process of Julian Assange?