British judge denies extradition of Assange

British Judge Vanessa Baraitser has denied the U.S. government’s request to extradite Julian Assange, on the grounds that his life and health would be at risk.

Wow! I did not see this coming.  The U.S. government will appeal, of course.  I hope Assange is released on bail as soon as possible.  His release is not a certainty.

LINKS

Wikileaks founder extradition to US blocked by UK Judge by BBC News.

Julian Assange cannot be extradited to US, British judge rules by Ben Quinn for The Guardian.

The Assange Extradition Ruling Is a Relief, But It Isn’t Justice by Caitlin Johnstone.

Terrible Assange Extradition Ruling for Press Freedom by Ian Welsh.  [Added 1/5/2021]

Assange Wins – The Cost: The Crushing of Press Freedom by Jonathan Cook for Counterpunch. [Added 1/6/2021]

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3 Responses to “British judge denies extradition of Assange”

  1. Nicky D Says:

    Wow, indeed. Great news!

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  2. halbauer Says:

    Thanks Phil for this update. Current U.S. global hegemony, including the rights to charge foreign nationals and have them extradited for promoting press freedoms, wasn’t mentioned in the Judge’s opinion, in your sources. Higher courts might object the judge’s decision based upon her ‘subjective reasons.’ Thus, it seems that Julian Assange remains at risk to be extradited for challenging US imperial power with facts about pre-emptive war, war crimes and truth telling.

    We might remember our past and present Iraq invasion and occupation acts. Thanks to the effort of the former US Army soldier, Chelsea Manning, and her unjust, court-martialed, consequences, we witnessed a/v recordings of cavalier murders by US helicopter pilots of journalists, then, innocent Iraqis coming to their aid. Such murderous detachment evident in the US voices over their deaths have parallels.

    Remember, the lethal carelessness shown in a/v closeups of Minneapolis police, slowly killing George Floyd, and too many other victims. protested against by domestic BLM movement. In of these cases, a single person responded with courage to record and make public documentation of military and police murdering innocent people. Too often the courageous messenger is faulted. Now, police, might caution people not to record their behavior, so, as, it seems, they control the details of actions and its’ message.

    Both the US Senate & House just passed the 2021 Military spending bill of $737 billion, an underestimate, over the White House veto. In other words, hegemony is well funded, compared to the many humane, healthy and sustainable approaches to our collective future.

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  3. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    That is a good thing. Certainly not as good as releasing him but better than shipping him off to Colorado, never to be heard from again.

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